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Wilson Reading System

Wilson Reading System Tier 3

The Wilson Reading System® (WRS) is the flagship program of Wilson Language Training® and the foundation of all other Wilson programs. WRS is an intensive Tier 3 program for students in grades 2-12 and adults with word-level deficits who are not making sufficient progress through their current intervention; have been unable to learn with other teaching strategies and require multisensory language instruction; or who require more intensive structured literacy instruction due to a language-based learning disability, such as dyslexia.

As a structured literacy program based on phonological-coding research and Orton-Gillingham principles, WRS directly and systematically teaches the structure of the English language. Through the program, students learn fluent decoding and encoding skills to the level of mastery. From the beginning Steps of the program, students receive instruction in:

  • Word structure, in depth, for automatic decoding and spelling
  • Word recognition and spelling of high frequency words, including irregular words
  • Vocabulary, word understanding, and word-learning skills
  • Sentence-level text reading with ease, expression, and understanding
  • Listening comprehension with age-appropriate narrative and informational text
  • Reading comprehension with narrative and expository text of increasing levels of difficulty
  • Narrative and informational text structures
  • Organization of information for oral or written expression
  • Proofreading skills
  • Self-monitoring for word recognition accuracy and comprehension

We are very pleased to announce the publication of the Wilson Reading System 4th Edition! The key characteristics of the WRS program remain, with many new enhancements included. To learn more, please visit our 4th Edition page.

Wilson Language Training has an ongoing commitment to high-quality implementation and professional learning. WRS certification programs support an in-depth understanding of language structure and mastery of multisensory and diagnostic instructional techniques. As a result, teachers are able to utilize the WRS program with fidelity, thereby accelerating and optimizing students’ reading achievement.

International Dyslexia Association Accredited ProgramWilson Language Training and Wilson® Accredited Partners have received accreditation by the International Dyslexia Association. Learn more on our Endorsements page.


Student Focus
All students in grades 2-12 and adults who are not making sufficient progress in intervention or who may require more intensive instruction due to a language-based learning disability/dyslexia
Lesson Length
One full lesson consists of all 3 Blocks of instruction (approximately 30 minutes to complete each Block); minimum of two complete lessons per week
Group Size
Small group (ideally up to 4 students), one-to-one
Special education classroom, resource room, literacy center, adult education
WRS Level I Certified Wilson® Dyslexia Practitioner (W.D.P.) or WRS Level II Certified Wilson® Dyslexia Therapist (W.D.T.)
Professional Learning & Support
  • Wilson Academy®/Intensive Learning Community (online)
  • Program workshop and instructor-led courses
  • In-person and online courses on intensive instruction, basic word study, and advanced word study
  • WRS Level I and II Certification with practicum observations and implementation seminars
  • Sustainability plans