Empower literacy support with the science of reading

Composed of scientific research that has been conducted around the world and across several disciplines, the science of reading reveals the skills required to read proficiently and the best practices for teaching those skills effectively. Let us help bring quick wins to your district through proven-effective tools.

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Scarborough's Reading Rope

Hollis Scarborough’s Reading Rope (2001) offers a valuable depiction of the intricate layers involved in the reading process. Within this metaphorical rope, individual strands intricately intertwine, ultimately culminating in the achievement of automatic and fluent reading. This integrated proficiency allows students to channel their cognitive resources toward comprehension, the ultimate goal of reading. The overall strength of the reading rope hinges upon the robustness of each individual strand, highlighting the significance of mastering each component to become a proficient reader.


The science of reading is an interdisciplinary body of knowledge about five decades in the making that shows how the brain learns to read. To be proficient readers, children need to be able to lift the words up off the page through decoding, and then have the necessary language skills to understand them.

Molly Ness, Learning Ally’s Vice President of Academic Content

Simple View of Reading

The Simple View of Reading, as articulated by Gough and Tunmer in 1986, presents a fundamental concept in literacy theory. It suggests that reading is an intricate interplay of two essential components: decoding, which involves translating written text into spoken words, and language comprehension, which entails grasping the underlying meaning conveyed by the text. In essence, the Simple View of Reading underscores the notion that effective reading necessitates not only the ability to decode words but also a deep understanding of the language they convey.



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Reconciling the Science of Reading and Effective Instruction

How do we take this body of knowledge and use it to understand how best to teach?



The Science of Reading Supports a Comprehensive Approach to Early Literacy Instruction

Dr. Molly Ness discusses challenges and research-based strategies.



The Fourth Grade Slump: Understanding the "Big Picture" About The Science of Teaching Reading for English Language Learners

Key strategies to gain a better understanding of “what works” with diverse learning populations.