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The Reading for Understanding initiative, funded by the U. S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences (R305F100027), was comprised of more than 10 different research studies focused on how children comprehend text and how to teach students to better understand what they are reading. By developing assessments and interventions, then implementing them in classrooms throughout Florida and Arizona, researchers investigated one of education’s most pressing, impenetrable problems: why some students may be able to decipher words on a page, yet still struggle to comprehend them. The Florida Center for Reading Research was home to 11 of the 130 researchers from an array of institutions throughout the country who were awarded millions of dollars to examine reading comprehension in students from prekindergarten through high school.

Year 1
2010-2011

Year 2
2011-2012

Year 3
2012-2013

Year 4
2013-2014

Year 5
2014-2015

Year 6
2015-2016

Year 7
2016-2017

Longitudinal Study of Reading and Language Skills: 2010 - 2016

Study to determine the underlying skills of reading comprehension; n = 1,850 preschool through 5th grade students

 

Basic Studies: 2010-2012

10 design studies developed and tested interventions targeting known factors of reading and language skills

Comparative Efficacy Studies: 2012-2015

Interventions: CALI, COMPASS, DAWS, DR-E, ERC, LIM, LIM-CALI, MAT, and TEXTS

Study of interventions with promise from years 1 and 2 to determine which are most effective at increasing comprehension

Professional Development: 2015-2016

Study to determine level of support needed for classroom teachers

Fidelity Study: 2016-2017

Study to determine level of fidelity in the implementation of the interventions