Research Supporting Foundational Skills in Reading

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This document outlines the research, publications, and scholarship that have influenced Student Achievement Partners’ guidance, tools, and supports for educators around best practices for foundational skills instruction. It provides insight into what reading scientists have found about how novice readers progress toward expert reading, from early alphabetic skills to fluent word recognition to skilled reading. Citations, short summaries, and key points are provided for each publications, organized into the following topics:

  • Print Concepts and Letter Sound Recognition
  • Phonological Awareness
  • Phonics and Word Recognition
  • Fluency
  • Assessment and Differentiation
  • The Effect of Foundational Skills on Vocabulary, Knowledge, and Reading Comprehension