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WRS Materials FAQs

What materials are needed for implementation? What's the difference between the WRS Introductory Set, WRS Advanced Set, and WRS Advanced Set Plus? Are the 4th edition materials compatible with 3rd edition? What materials are needed for implementation? The 4th Edition WRS Introductory Set (Steps 1-6) provides the materials needed to teach Steps 1-6 of the program. It includes one set of student materials. In a group setting, each student requires their own materials, including: Student Readers Magnetic Journal with Letter Tiles Student Portfolio End-of-Step Assessment [...]

Fundations with Fidelity

Inside the cheery, colorful PreK-2 classrooms at Betty McElmon Elementary School, daily, half-hour lessons in Fundations are another bright part of the day. As children experience the thrill of learning to read, teachers and administrators are delighting in their students’ achievements. Now entering its sixth year implementing Fundations, the West Long Branch, NJ, school notes significant increases in student learning outcomes in language arts, shared Principal James Erhardt. Over the past two years, BME has experienced an average 15 percent increase in English Language Arts PARCC scores, h [...]


With up to 20 percent of the general population affected by dyslexia and other language-based learning disabilities, laws calling for early and effective intervention have been sweeping the country state by state in recent years. Legislation is viewed as a critical step in addressing the impact reading disabilities have on the lives of students diagnosed with them, and the nation as a whole. As the struggles associated with dyslexia affect all aspects of life, Wilson supports state and federal legislative initiatives as a means to alter the course of a student’s education, self-es [...]

Starting a New Chapter

“I suppose I did okay in kindergarten, but the rest of my formal education was pretty much a flop.” So shares Alby Lee Lewis in Life with No Words, a candid memoir about growing up in poverty in Chicago, masking his illiteracy for decades, navigating adulthood as a non-reader, and returning to school at age 55 to learn to read through the Wilson Reading System®. Al has shared his story on the Oprah Winfrey show, with Wilson® instructors, and with college students earning degrees in education. When a college professor suggested he write a book about his experiences, he said, “Why n [...]

Student Identification

To determine if Wilson Reading System® (WRS) instruction is appropriate for a particular student, school professionals and parents should begin by evaluating a student’s foundational reading and spelling skills (word-level reading and spelling). Norm-referenced reading assessments that measure word identification, word attack, and spelling may be used for this purpose.   Students With Poor Word Reading and Spelling With or Without Comprehension Deficits  Low scores on tests that measure word identification, word attack, and spelling indicate that a student has not  [...]

Raising Scores, Opening Doors

A persistent parent. A determined school psychologist. A responsive administration and school board. When these forces converged in the rural Georgetown-Ridge Farm School District in Georgetown, IL, something extraordinary happened.After implementing Wilson’s Tier 2 intervention program, Just Words®, to assist struggling middle school readers, the students’ standard test scores jumped dramatically, their reading gap with grade-level peers closed significantly, and the district embraced a new approach to teaching basic reading skills.“Standard scores are generally very stable and predict [...]

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Standards Alignment

States' rigorous college- and career-readiness standards for English Language Arts and Literacy for grades K–5 specify what students should understand and be able to do by the end of each grade. The second edition of Fundations® was published in the summer of 2012 and includes significant updates to thoroughly and specifically address these rigorous standards. In particular, Fundations offers specific, measurable learning objectives that are aligned to states' standards. Fundations and Standards in Foundational Skills Fundations thoroughly teaches the Foundational Skills in states' colle [...]

Foundational Skills at an Accelerated Pace for Grade 4 and Beyond

As educators and families roll out of a challenging school year and prepare for a new start this fall, the topic of getting students on track for grade-level success is top of mind. With national reading proficiency scores already low, the need to address illiteracy has intensified. Have you met Wilson’s Tier 2 intervention program, Just Words®? It is the word study component of the evidence-based Wilson Reading System® (WRS) curriculum and progresses at an accelerated pace. Just Words helps students in grade four and above master the foundational reading skills they’ll need to advance [...]


For those new to dyslexia, making sense of the many words and phrases used by physicians, educators, and researchers can seem daunting. This list of commonly used terminology is offered as a reference to enhance understanding about the academic, scientific, and legal words you will likely encounter. References (click to show) Birsh, J., Multisensory Teaching of Basic Language Skills, (4th Edition), 2018, Paul H. Brooks Publishing. Harris, Theodore L, Hodges, Richard E., The Literacy Dictionary, the Vocabulary of Reading and Writing, 1995, International Reading Association, Inc. [...]