The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) consistently finds that 35% of fourth graders in the United States are reading at a level that is below basic. Research has demonstrated that most reading difficulties can be resolved or diminished when reading is taught by a highly knowledgeable and skilled teacher.

The identification of individuals with dyslexia and appropriate instruction have been cornerstones of IDA since its beginning. The IDA’s Knowledge and Practice Standards (KPS) define the knowledge and skills that all teachers of reading should possess in to teach all students to read proficiently. The IDA’s Educator Training Initiatives (ETI) Committee has refined the KPS to bring greater specificity to how knowledge of the standards could be assessed in the context of coursework and how practice applications of Structured Literacy could be demonstrated in supervised practicum contexts.

To view the Knowledge and Practice Standards, click here (Also available in Spanish: click here.) Links are also available on that page for information on Program and Educator Certification through IDA.


Click the links below for more information.

About Dyslexia

Knowledge & Practice Standards for Teachers of Reading

IDA Fact Sheets about Dyslexia

RMB Service Provider Referral List Application

Online Resources

Spanish Resources (en Español)

Colorado Dept. of Education

IDA Membership Benefits for Professionals