By Elisabeth Liptak
The International Dyslexia Association (IDA) has fielded inquiries lately about plans to update the Matrix of Multisensory Structured Language Programs (the “Matrix”). IDA compiled the Matrix following publication of the National Reading Panel recommendations in 2000 and in response to numerous requests from schools and parents for guidance on which reading curricula or programs were considered evidence-based. However, the information in the Matrix was provided by the organizations, not through independent research or review by IDA.
In 2010, ten years after publication of the Matrix, IDA published the IDA Knowledge and Practice Standards for Teachers of Reading. This comprehensive document, supported by research, details the knowledge and skills teachers need to teach reading effectively. The Standards initiative has shifted IDA’s focus to teacher preparation rather than a specific curriculum. The rationale is that any curriculum will only be effective with deep teacher knowledge and training. As part of this initiative, IDA reviews and accredits teacher preparation programs in colleges and universities, as well as independent, non-university training programs. A list of these accredited training programs can be found on the IDA website. Click here for more information on the accreditation process as well as the list of programs.
Because IDA’s focus now is on teacher preparation and the review of teacher preparation and training programs for their alignment with the IDA Standards, we have made the decision to cease updating and publishing the Matrix. Many of the programs listed on the Matrix include a substantial professional development component that aligns with the IDA Standards. These programs have been reviewed by IDA and are on the current list of accredited programs.
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