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What is the science of reading and why is it important?

CCPS is training teachers and administrators in the science of reading and evidence-based literacy instruction.  

What is the science of reading?

The science of reading is a body of research from many different fields that explains reading development at different stages and reading instructional practices including phonological awareness, explicit phonics, vocabulary, and comprehension instruction. Overall, it describes the research behind how students learn to read. 

Why is it important?

Reading is not a naturally developing skill.  Being a reader uses many parts of the brain, and teaching students with evidence-based literacy instruction helps students to develop the connections needed between those parts.  

Skilled reading is the result of explicit, systematic instruction in both word recognition and comprehension. By incorporating evidence-based literacy practices in these areas, educators can help ensure that all students have the opportunity to become skilled readers.

CCPS is continuing to forge a strategic path toward the 2024-2025 full implementation of the Virginia Literacy Act and the Science of Reading. Click HERE to read about all things literacy.