What Works Clearinging house releases report on primary reading
The U.S. What Works Clearinghouse has released a new (July 2016) practice guide titled Foundational Skills to support Reading for Understanding in Kindergarten through 3rd Grade [PDF] .
From page 1: This What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) practice guide focuses on the foundational reading skills that enable students to read words (alphabetics), relate those words to their oral language, and read connected text with sufficient accuracy and fluency to understand what they read. This practice guide, developed by a panel of experts comprised of researchers and practitioners, presents four recommendations that educators can use to improve literacy skills in the early grades.
The 4 recommendations are:
- Teach students academic language skills, including the use of inferential and narrative language, and vocabulary knowledge
- Develop awareness of the segments of sounds in speech and how they link to letters
- Teach students to decode words, analyze word parts, and write and recognize words
- Ensure that each student reads connected text every day to support reading accuracy, fluency, and comprehension.
Also note: This guide is geared towards teachers, administrators, and other educators who want to improve their students’ foundational reading skills, and is a companion to the practice guide, Improving Reading Comprehension in Kindergarten Through 3rd Grade.
Check it out!