Open Court Reading is effective because it reinforces student learning through systematic, explicit instruction. Teacher–informed, research–based teaching and learning strategies mean undeniable results for every learner. See the research base of Open Court Reading in the Research in Action brochure, recorded author webinars and connected white papers below.
For more than 50 years, Open Court Reading has been proven consistently effective for diverse learners in classrooms across the country. Here are a few snapshots of our success.
The Open Court Reading instructional sequence is research–based and research–validated. Read what the experts say.
Research continues to be an integral part of Open Court Reading. Initial research in early reading reveals early, explicit phonics instruction is crucial for proficiency among emerging readers. This critical information moved Open Court Reading authors to make phonics a cornerstone of the program with Sound/Spelling Cards, explicit instruction, and scaffolded blending.
Additionally, Open Court Reading authors developed Decodable Books to help children apply and reinforce encoding and decoding skills. Continued research in vocabulary and comprehension introduced the need for advanced reading selections to support vocabulary development and critical comprehension.
Today, Open Court Reading continues to evolve, responding to new technology, valuable teacher feedback, and relevant research findings. It continues to achieve documented success in schools and districts across the country, and the social and economic spectrum.