The understanding and interpretation of what is read.

Reading comprehension involves the construction of meaning from text using decoding, fluency, vocabulary, and prior knowledge.

It is the goal of reading. It is the active and purposeful pursuit of understanding the author’s message.

Birsh & Carreker 2018

Continuum of Skills:
Simple to Complex

Listening Comprehension

Active and purposeful understanding of spoken language.

Concrete Understanding

Understanding the literal and sequential meaning from text.

Critical Thinking

Applying increasingly complex reading strategies (e.g., predicting, inferencing, analysing, summarising, etc.) in a variety of texts.

Disciplinary Text

Accessing, using, and applying information read in different contexts and disciplines. Greater emphasis on investigations and decision making, often in relation to work or areas of study.


Assessment is the process of asking questions about students’ reading skills and gathering information to answer those questions.​

-Stephanie Stollar​


Evidence-aligned resources to support classroom practice.


Newsela is a free, subscription based service with access to a variety of reading passages at different levels

Reading Power

Adrienne Gear’s Reading Power books are available in the District Learning Commons and in many schools.


ReadWorks is a free subscription based resource where you can select and assign reading passages to students and provide real-time feedback.

Browse the 5 Critical Reading Components