Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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A Division of the Arkansas Department of Education

It's All About Meaning

A child learns to read in the early years so that he or she can read to learn throughout life.

To help strengthen reading education in the state, Arkansas is focused on changing instructional practices in the classroom and incorporating the knowledge and practices of the Science of Reading.  The following resources help provide educators with the opportunity to develop an awareness of the cursory knowledge and practices of scientific reading instruction.

Studying the Research

Essentials of Assessing, Preventing, and Overcoming Reading Difficulties, by David A. Kilpatrick, PhD, offers school psychologists, reading specialists, and educators a practical and accessible guide to the most relevant research, information, and strategies available for understanding, assessing, and intervening with students who present with reading difficulties. Arkansas has developed a guided book study based on this text.  Educators are encouraged to use the Chapter Guides to delve into the concepts of each chapter and discover ways this content should change how we approach reading instruction.  A Facilitator’s Guide is also available to help with rich discussion of each chapter, looking especially for how the concepts change what we should do in classrooms and schools.  

Incorporating the Science of Reading

A comprehensive reading program incorporates five essential components: phonological awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency and comprehension.




For more information, please contact:

Kathy Mascuilli, Literacy Program Manager
Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
Four Capitol Mall, Room 202-B
Little Rock, Arkansas 72201
Phone: 501-683-2922

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