Welcome to the Science of Reading!
The Science of Reading is built on two fundamental truths:
- We were never born to read. Our brains are hardwired for speech, not print.
- The alphabetic principle is the foundation of our alphabetic writing system. It is fundamentally different from pictograph and logograph systems.
Definition: The Science of Reading is a vast, interdisciplinary body of scientifically-based research about reading and issues related to reading and writing. (The Science of Reading: A Defining Movement Coalition, 2021)
Click here for The Science of Reading: Defining Guide from The Reading League!
Watch a 3-minute "elevator speech" about the Science of Reading, as explained by Dr. Stephanie Stollar.
We are so happy you are here to learn more about the Science of Reading!
We would love to hear your feedback on this page so that we know what you need and how we can support you in your understanding of how the brain learns to read.
Please take a moment to complete a simple survey by clicking the Feedback button.
**The views and opinions expressed in any third-party resource do not necessarily reflect those of the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) and do not imply an endorsement by ADE.