About Us

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At the Iowa Reading Research Center, we apply current research for the development and dissemination of best practices in literacy so that every child in Iowa will achieve reading proficiency.

The Iowa Reading Research Center

The purpose of the Iowa Reading Research Center is to improve the literacy proficiency of pre-kindergarten through twelfth-grade students. To that end, the IRRC will conduct research in practical settings in order to evaluate the effectiveness of literacy practices and the usefulness of assessments for guiding literacy instruction. All efforts of the Iowa Reading Research Center will be conducted in collaboration with educators, parents, community representatives, and policy makers. Results will have a direct application to literacy policy and education in Iowa.

The work of the IRRC focuses on statewide instructional strategies and interventions, student reading assessments, community partnerships, family resources, professional development for educators, and an intensive summer reading program.

The Iowa Reading Research Center is a part of the University of Iowa College of Education. It operates in collaboration with the Iowa Department of Education.

Establishment of the Iowa Reading Research Center and Guiding Legislation:

PDF iconIowa Administrative Code 281-61