• Reading Comprehension Non-Negotiables


    • A student must be able to read correctly approximately 95% of the words accurately in a text to comprehend what is read.
    • MOREOVER, to comprehend, a student must know the meanings of 90 to 95% of the words being read.
    • To translate print to language, the beginning reader needs to learn to connect the printed forms of words (orthography) to their pronunciations (phonology) and meanings (semantics and morphology).

    “The connection between reading speed and comprehension; a film is made up of still images flashed in rapid succession to simulate movement. Slow down the film, and the movement and meaning slows and the film's impact is diminished. Viewers won't learn as much about the film as if it were shown at normal speed. With reading the same thing can happen. When a person reads word by word, like frame by frame, they are not reading on the level of ideas. You need to read on some level that's more conversational and allows things to coalesce into ideas themselves.”
                               Doug Evans, Institute of Reading Development

    “There is ample evidence that one of the major differences between poor and good readers is the difference in the quantity of total time they spend reading.”

                                                        National Reading Panel

    The Good News:
    Word-level reading skills can be improved substantially with effective instruction and intervention for the vast majority of struggling readers.


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