Science of Reading

Growing Our Capacity Through Ongoing Professional Learning

This publication was developed to function as a professional learning resource, devoted to teaching reading using evidence based practices.


Podcasts that Inform

Simple View of Reading

Read more about the formula of demonstrating the widely accepted view that reading has two basic components: word recognition (decoding) and language comprehension.

Reading Research

Scarborough's Rope

Read more about Scarborough's Rope and check out it's infographic; infographics are visual presentations with minimal text that help make complex information easy to digest, remember, and share.

Phonological and Phonemic Awareness

Phonological Awareness: The conscious awareness of all levels of the speech sound system, including word boundaries, stress patterns, syllables, onset –rime units and phonemes.

Phonemic Awareness: The conscious awareness of individual speech sounds (consonants and vowels) in spoken syllables and the ability to consciously manipulate those sounds.

Definitions from David Kilpatrick's Equipped For Reading Success

Assessments that Dig Deeper

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DIBELS: Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills

  • LNF: Letter Naming Fluency-Students identify as many letter names (uppercase, lowercase) as they can in one minute.
  • NWF: Nonsense Word Fluency- Students read a list of nonsense words within 1 minute.
  • CLS:Correct Letter Sounds
  • WWR: Whole Words Read Completely and Correctly
  • PSF: Phoneme Segmentation Fluency- Students are given a word and asked to tell the individual phonemes in that word.
  • FSF: First Sound Fluency- Students are asked to identify the first phoneme in a word.
  • ORF: Oral Reading Fluency- A standardized, individually administered test of accuracy and fluency with connected text.

PAST- Phonological Awareness Screening Test- Students are asked to manipulate the sounds in words. This is broken down by level, starting with basic syllable to advanced phoneme manipulation. Ex: Say crew. Now say crew but instead of /r/ say /l/. Clue.

LETRS Spelling Inventory-Assesses the students ability to spell regular phoneme-grapheme correspondences and orthographic patterns. This test is broken down by Basic and Advanced.

QPS- Quick Phonics Screener- Students read aloud different words and sentences as well as identify letter names and sounds.

Heggerty: These student assessments can be used to monitor student progress with phonological and phonemic awareness skills, and the results can be used to plan for instruction.

Teaching Resources that Support the Science of Reading

Kira Carinci, Coordinator of Professional Learning

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