Science of Reading

What You Need to Know About Decodable Running Records
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What You Need to Know About Decodable Running Records

Proponents of the science of reading realize leveled running records are flawed, but we also know decodable running records provide a wealth of information. You just have to know what to look for. There has been a lot of discussion about how to determine students’ mastery of foundational skills. We’ve written extensively about assessing essential…

How to Assess Students with Science of Reading Aligned Decodable Running Records
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How to Assess Students with Science of Reading Aligned Decodable Running Records

You know that assessing with leveled readers is just not giving you the information you need to help your students, but what is a teacher to do? The answer is to use decodable running records. Some folks are suggesting that running records are not a helpful assessment tool and teachers should not bother administering them….

Important Points to Keep in Mind as Districts Shift to the Science of Reading
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Important Points to Keep in Mind as Districts Shift to the Science of Reading

If it hasn’t happened yet in your district, now is the time to shift to the science of reading. Teachers and administrators need to know that the ‘jig is up’, the ’emperor has no clothes’ and balanced literacy is a ‘wolf in sheep’s clothing’. Okay, enough with the idioms. Let’s get to the point. Thanks…

How Can I Help My Child Who is a Struggling Reader?
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How Can I Help My Child Who is a Struggling Reader?

Since our inception of Informed Literacy, we have fielded numerous inquiries from parents asking, “How can I help my child who is a struggling reader? It’s frustrating and heartbreaking to watch your child fail day after day, week after week, month after month, and even year after year. Unfortunately, the response to intervention model can…