New Brief on Evidence-based Strategies to Improve K-4 Reading

EdResearch for Recovery

Today, Results for America and the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University released a new EdResearch for Recovery brief by James S. Kim and Zhongyu Wei (Harvard University) sharing evidence-based instructional strategies to improve reading outcomes for K-4 students.

Why It Matters: National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) results showed that grade 4 reading scores dropped from 2015 to 2019. During the pandemic, reading performance further declined, with particularly large drops for students in younger grades, students from historically marginalized groups, and students attending high-poverty schools.

With the right strategies and investments, the brief highlights how district and school leaders can strengthen English Language Arts (ELA) instruction and help K-4 students develop the reading skills they need to succeed in school and beyond.

You can read all the evidence briefs here. To connect with any of the researchers behind these briefs, contact Zachary Coile at or (202) 714-1750.

Tier 1 Instructional Strategies to Improve K-4 Reading Comprehension