Additional Resources

The following resources are provided to equip parents, school boards, educators, lawmakers and policy leaders with the research and information to ask pertinent questions to drive change needed in early literacy to improve student outcomes.


National Survey Finds Wide Range of Instructional Techniques 

EdWeek Research Center's - Early Reading Instruction | Results of a National Survey

The survey provides educator’s perceptions and practices related to early reading.  The results neither suggest that explicit, systematic phonics instruction is absent from U.S. schools nor that it is universally embraced. Instead, it indicates that most educators are using a mix of instructional techniques, some of which are in conflict with each other.  


Many Teachers in Michigan Using Unrated or Poorly Rated Curricula

MSU's EPIC policy brief - What Resources do Elementary Teachers Use for English Language Arts Instruction? | The K-5 ELA Curriculum Landscape in Michigan

The brief focuses on elementary English Language Arts (ELA) curricula and uncovers that many teachers in Michigan are using core ELA curricula that are unrated or poorly rated for their alignment to standards.


Podcast Explores How Discredited Reading Theories Persist

Sold a Story Podcast and Summary | How Teaching Kids to Read Went So Wrong

Scientists have known for decades how children learn to read but many schools are ignoring the research.  They buy teacher training and books rooted in a disproven idea.  In this podcast, Emily Hanford investigates four authors and a publishing company that have made millions selling an idea proven wrong by cognitive scientists decades ago.


CNN report of how schools are changing their reading programs after realizing students 'weren't actually learning to read'

CNN National correspondent Athena Jones reports on the US Department of Education study stating that just one in three fourth graders was at or above reading proficiency, and how it is forcing elementary schools to reassess their reading programs


10 Research-Backed Strategies to Address Michigan’s Education Crisis | Ed Trust-Midwest

New 2023 State of Michigan Education Report projects the state will remain in the bottom 10th for 4th grade reading by 2030; data show Michigan's students dropped to 43rd nationally in 4th Grade Reading while Black students dropped to bottom five.


How Do Kids Learn to Read?  What Science Says | Education Week

The debate on how to teach early reading has raged for a century. But for the last few decades, the cognitive science has been clear: Teaching young kids how to crack the code—teaching systematic phonics—is the most reliable way to make sure that they learn how to read words. The best lever to accelerate learning in America is to use the science of how children learn to read, comprehensively outlined by the National Reading Panel more than 20 years ago, in the year 2000.