The Science of Reading and SIM™ (McCaleb, D. & Washburn, J. 2022)


What is the Science of Reading? 

The Science of Reading is an interdisciplinary body of scientifically-based research about reading and issues related to reading and writing.  This research has been conducted over the last five decades worldwide. It is derived from thousands of studies conducted in multiple languages in cognitive psychology, communication sciences, developmental psychology, education, special education, implementation sciences, linguistics, neurosciences, and school psychology. The SOR has culminated in a preponderance of evidence to inform how proficient reading and writing develop, why some have difficulty, and how we can most effectively assess and teach, therefore improving student outcomes through prevention or intervention for reading difficulties (Stewart, 2019). While there are several reading theories to inform research and practice, SOR advocates emphasize the Simple View of Reading.