University of Iowa

Student Reading Success Through Research and Collaboration

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Helping Students Read Better and Learn More

The Iowa Reading Research Center strives to improve the literacy skills of all students. We provide guidance for literacy instruction in schools by conducting research in practical settings to evaluate the effectiveness of literacy practices.

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Free consultation appointments for families of children with dyslexia and other reading disabilities.
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Learn literacy instructional strategies and dyslexia overview information via our modules.
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The IRRC is ready to help districts improve students' outcomes by working with educators to find evidence-based solutions to literacy challenges in the classroom.


Find posts about literacy instructional approaches, reading research updates, literacy guidance for families, and more on our blog.

Deborah K. Reed, Ph.D.
This decoding skill helps students read, understand, and independently spell words.
Deborah K. Reed, Ph.D.
Researchers examined the common approach of having students read the questions before the text on a comprehension test to see how it impacted student performance compared to reading the questions after the text.
Iowa Reading Research Center
Learn about an instructional cycle that also involves coaching and planning next steps as a team in our Q&A with Cedar Rapids Schools’ administrators.