The Fall 2021 PALS Report found that reading skills in young learners are at a 20-year low. Over the past three years, reports have shown there had been little growth in reading and in some cases, states were backsliding. The majority of students who are exiting our school system do not have the reading skills they need to be successful at a job that requires reading skills.

I have analyzed how literacy education has evolved, exploring why we are where we are today and how we can improve. Educators can improve their K-3 students’ reading achievements by focusing instruction on structures of the English language. By applying findings from the science of reading, educators can positively affect students’ confidence in their academic careers and beyond. Here’s how to get started.

Assessing Your Curriculum for Elements of Structured Literacy The science of reading is massive, and there’s much to learn from it. Structured Literacy is the practical approach that helps educators implement that science.

A few of the key elements of this approach include:

Stacy Hurst, M.Ed., is an assistant professor of teacher education at Southern Utah University and chief education officer at Reading Horizons. She can be reached at stacy@readinghorizons.com.

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