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Guidance for Educators Using a Balanced Literacy Program

Review the “Install This Research-Based Practice Instead” column below to see how you might disrupt practices to demonstrably boost your students’ achievement and allow more of your students to become strong and eager readers. Each characteristic described in the left-hand column presents an opportunity to redesign, adjust, or even radically alter instruction, and replace it with a new practice in the righthand column that is research-proven.

Knowledge and Practice Standards for Teaching of Reading

Knowledge and Practice Standards for Teaching of Reading

These standards provide an evidence-based framework for course content in teacher training programs and instructional reading programs. Written for general educators and specialists, the standards address the needs of all students – students with dyslexia, students struggling with learning to read, and proficient readers. The standards are not a curriculum; they list critical content knowledge, skills, and abilities — the foundation for good reading instruction. They can also be used to help parents select and advocate for effective teaching methods.


The Reading Revolution

The story of how Mississippi, Tennessee, and other states in the vanguard of today’s reading revolution have redesigned reading instruction and raised student achievement in thousands of public schools through state level leadership. The states profiled have addressed every aspect of early literacy, from how teachers and prospective teachers are trained to the curriculum they use, how students are assessed, and third grade retention.The report includes recommendations for other states as well as an appendix of each state’s literacy strategies and key legislation.