“The Science of Reading: A Defining Movement” – a coalition of educators, policymakers, education advocates, and academics – launched a shared definition of the Science of Reading.
The Science of Reading is a vast, interdisciplinary body of scientifically-based research about reading and issues related to reading and writing. This research has been conducted over the last five decades across the world, and it is derived from thousands of studies conducted in multiple languages. The science of reading has culminated in a preponderance of evidence to inform how proficient reading and writing develop; why some have difficulty; and how we can most effectively assess and teach and, therefore, improve student outcomes through prevention of and intervention for reading difficulties.
The Defining Movement coalition is driven by the underlying belief that learning to read and teaching reading to all children is a 21st century civil right. In addition to developing a shared definition for the term Science of Reading, the coalition has developed language explaining its rationale, and will create a series of calls to action for education leaders and stakeholders.
The website – whatisthescienceofreading.org – is the hub for resources and will include a guidebook, messaging, and data that can be used to talk more collaboratively about the Science of Reading, the growth of the movement, and the work ahead. We encourage you to log on, learn more, and join the movement.