Who We Are

At the Iowa Reading Research Center we apply current research for the development and dissemination of best practices in literacy so that every child in Iowa will achieve reading proficiency.

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The Iowa Reading Research Center: Building Iowa’s Home for Literacy

The work of the IRRC focuses on statewide instructional strategies and interventions, student reading assessments, a statewide data system, community partnerships, family resources, professional development for educators, and an intensive summer reading program. The IRRC website houses an online collection of literacy resources available to the public for teaching, learning, research and at-home support for reading.

The Iowa Reading Research Center was established during the 2012 legislative session with continued appropriations in the 2013 session. The Center works under the auspices of the Iowa Department of Education to carry out the goals outlined in Iowa legislation and policy.

Learn more about the establishment of the Iowa Reading Research Center.

Establishment of the Iowa Reading Research Center and Guiding Legislation:
Iowa Administrative Code Section 279.68.pdf
Senate File 2284.pdf
Senate File 2319.pdf

The Iowa Reading Research Center Team

Deborah K. Reed,


Sandy Schmitz,

Assistant Director

Jessica S. Folsom,

Assistant Research Scientist

Melissa Potter

Program Associate

Elizabeth Decker,

Administrative Assistant