Reading Research

"When a subcommittee report asserts that a particular instructional technique "improves children's reading," the public deserves to know whether the authors mean word calling, speed, smoothness, literal comprehension, or the ability to assimilate a subtle and complex set of ideas."


Babes in the Woods: The Wanderings of the National Reading Panel

By Joanne Yatvin

From the choice of participants to serve on the National Reading Panel to the hasty release of an uncorrected, undeliberated, and unapproved subcommittee report, the procedure used by the NRP was flawed, Ms. Yatvin — a member of the panel — charges. Now government agencies at all levels are using the "science" of the NRP report to support their calls for changes in school instruction and teacher education.

[This is the questionable research our district Six administrators referred to when explaining to the school board their decision to implement the Houghton Mifflin Reading Program in all elementary classrooms]
Entire article at Phi Delta Kappa

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