The research on how best to help kids learn to read is abundantly clear.
The way the brain learns to read is settled science, backed by decades of research. Our brains are hardwired to learn to speak, but not to read. To learn to read, students need to be able to do two things: decode written words and comprehend what those words mean. This requires explicit, systematic instruction and practice over time.
In 2000, the National Reading Panel report outlined five essential components of effective reading instruction for young children: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and reading comprehension. Yet while we have the science, national reading scores remain stagnant.
Rest assured, HMH® programs are aligned with the science of reading. Our evidence-based approach to teaching a child to read and write is grounded in phonemic awareness and phonics. We also understand that students need differentiated instructional supports. Our goal is to put the right resources into the hands of teachers, who are making critical decisions that shape students’ learning .
of 4th graders and 34% of 8th graders are proficient in reading, according to the 2019 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).
of students who do not read proficiently by third grade end up failing to reach proficiency in future grades.
of teacher prep programs now teach the science of reading compared to 35% in 2013, according to a 2020 report from the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ).
Decades of research have identified five essential components of effective reading instruction for young children: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and reading comprehension. Research has also demonstrated the importance of content knowledge and writing on students’ reading success.
We can help implement science of learning principles in your district.
At Literacy Solutions®, we provide professional learning with proven methods for elevating student outcomes. Explore the research behind our practice and learn how Literacy Solutions can support you.
Comprehensive Literacy Instruction: Science-based ways to use engaging literacy resources to build background, vocabulary, and stamina
Phonological Awareness and Phonics: Daily systematic, explicit instruction to establish a foundation of reading skills for young learners
Differentiated Instruction: Resources tailored to each student’s needs
Teacher Empowerment: Research-backed professional learning resources and support when teachers need it
“The goal of reading and writing instruction in the early grades is to enable students to read with fluency and interest, and to write with clarity and voice.“
We work closely with our school district partners to bring modern science and good sense to publishing, living by the adage “none of us is as smart as all of us.”
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The science of reading forms the core of Literacy Solutions, combining the experience of decades of professional services work in the field and the most up-to-date research on what it takes to advance literacy.
From core subjects, to intervention, to enrichment, we have the science of reading resources to fit your instructional needs. Learn more about our research-based programs to meet the needs of all learners.
HMH Into Reading® is the only K-6 literacy program that is differentiated by design to honor the needs of teachers and provide students with a rich, integrated, and measured path to growth in reading, writing, and communication.
System 44® delivers just-in-time intensive intervention and a supportive learning environment that the most challenged readers urgently need.
Developed using the latest cognitive neuroscience, READ 180® changes the brains of struggling readers by helping different parts work together more effectively.
Building the strong reading foundation every student deserves can be a struggle. Saxon® Phonics and Spelling was created to support you in rising to the challenge.
Rigby® JillE Literacy® is a balanced literacy experience that offers resources to engage readers, spark critical thinking, and inspire curiosity.
iRead's adaptive technology adjusts instruction to meet children where they are and provides explicit instruction and guided practice to build mastery.
Amira Learning™ provides 1:1 reading practice and administers both an oral reading fluency assessment and a dyslexia screener.
Literacy Solutions provides professional learning and coaching to support implementation of our literacy programs as well as classroom-focused courses and student-centered coaching to enhance your practice.
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