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Researchers verify reading ability gets a boost from phonics


June 10, 2003
George Archibald
The Washington Times

The study, just published by researchers of the National Institute for Early Education Research and Rutgers University in New Jersey, re-examined findings of the National Reading Panel (NRP) in 2000. The study, titled “Teaching Children To Read: The Fragile Link Between Science and Federal Education Policy,” also confirmed the NRP’s finding that children’s reading ability improves after they have acquired basic “phonemic awareness and letter knowledge” by second grade, when phonics instruction is combined with language activities and tutoring.