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National Symposium on Reading for Understanding

ETS Research: Reading for Understanding Symposium

The Reading for Understanding (RfU) research initiative was a five-year project funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences to develop effective strategies for improving reading comprehension for students in grades preK–12. Six project teams were awarded grants. In May of 2016, ETS and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) co-hosted a national symposium to review the work of the RfU teams and to discuss the implications for next steps in research, policy and practice. State and district leaders from some two dozen states attended, with the support of CCSSO and 13 co-sponsoring organizations.

Agenda

Opening Keynote Presentation

America's Opportunity Gap: A Case for Change, Irwin Kirsch, Director of the Center for Global Assessment and Co-Director of the ETS Opportunity Project, ETS

Reading for Understanding Research Project Presentations and Websites

The Language Bases of Reading Comprehension (preK–grade 3), Ohio State University and the Language and Reading Research Consortium (LARRC)

Examining Effective Intervention Targets, Longitudinal Intensity, and Scaling Factors for Pre-K to 5th Grade Student Comprehension, The Florida Center for Reading Research

Catalyzing Conversation through Discussion and Debate (grades 4–8), The Strategic Education Research Partnership (SERP)

Reading, Evidence, and Argumentation in Disciplinary Instruction (READI) (grades 6–12), University of Illinois

Understanding Malleable Cognitive Processes and Integrated Comprehension Interventions for Grades 7–12, The University of Texas at Austin

Assessing Reading for Understanding: A Theory-Based, Developmental Approach (preK–grade 12), Educational Testing Service (ETS)

Reflections on the Project Overviews, P. David Pearson, University of California, Berkeley

Day 2 Keynote Presentation

Getting Ideas Into Action: Figuring Out What Works for Whom, Louis M. Gomez, UCLA and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching

Research Panel Discussion

Moderator: T.J. Elliott, ETS

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  • Elizabeth Albro, Associate Commissioner for Teaching and Learning, National Commission for Education Research
  • Barbara Eason-Watkins, Superintendent, Michigan City Schools
  • Jessica Chambers, Chicago Public Schools
  • Art Graesser, University of Memphis
  • Eunice Greer, Senior Research Scientist, National Center for Educational Statistics
  • Annemarie Palincsar, University of Michigan

Policy and Practice Panel Discussion

Moderator: T.J. Elliott, ETS

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  • Barbara Eason-Watkins, Superintendent, Michigan City Schools
  • Louis Gomez, Chair, Education Department, UCLA
  • Irwin Kirsch, Co-Director of The Opportunity Project, ETS
  • Carol Mahedy, Dennis-Yarmouth Regional School District, MA
  • James Purpura, Associate Professor of Language and Education, Teachers College, Columbia University
  • Suzanne Wilson, Professor of Teacher Education, University of Connecticut
  • Carey Wright, State Superintendent of Education, Mississippi

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