NEA will use existing resources to:

  1. Share existing research and finding about struggling readers (students unable to learn to read at an age appropriate rate given appropriate instruction, students considered to be showing pre-dyslexic tendencies, and/or students identified as having dyslexia), their experiences, and the effects of struggling to read on their lives;
  2. Promote the use of culturally responsive universal screening and early reading intervention in states not currently doing so;
  3. Promote instructional practices that include existing evidence-based, multi-sensory, explicit, and systematic phonics instruction, in the general education classroom, for early struggling readers.


Young struggling readers experience negative effects across all content areas. Reading is the basis for all educational endeavors, therefore, early identification and the provision of structured and systematic instruction in reading, will afford significant, long-term benefits to our youngest students.


Robin Szymanski - MD

Cost Implications

This item cannot be accomplished with current staff and resources under the published 2018-2020 Strategic Plan and Budget. It would cost an additional $12,500.