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

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.

Establishment of the Iowa Reading Research Center and Guiding Legislation:
Iowa Administrative Code Section 281-61.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

Sean Thompson

Communications Specialist

Jennifer Knight, Ph.D.

Literacy Consultant