McGraw-Hill publishes magazines, journals, and academic and educational resources, including those for the SRA reading programs. The schemes and supporting materials help both children and adults to learn to read or improve their reading skills.

History

Dr. Don H. Parker began his research in 1950.
Dr. Don H. Parker began his research in 1950.

Dr. Don H. Parker, who died in 2000, began a reading program with 32 students in Florida, in 1950. Science Research Associates published his materials as the SRA Reading Laboratory, a program now used worldwide.

Principles

SRA Reading programs work by color-coding portions of reading materials based on the reading ability level required.
SRA Reading programs work by color-coding portions of reading materials based on the reading ability level required.

SRA Reading Laboratory programs work by color-coding portions of reading materials according to the reading ability level required. It emphasizes the role of the student in directing his own learning, assessing his own skills as he works his way up through the levels. The age range runs from kindergarten age through to grade 12 and beyond.

Components

Students' handbooks enable them to keep a record of their own learning.
Students' handbooks enable them to keep a record of their own learning.

Teachers' handbooks guide planning, while students' handbooks enable them to keep a record of their own learning. The main textbooks, Power Builders, contain readings grouped according to color-coded levels. Skill Builders contain comprehension, phonics, grammar and vocabulary instruction. Power Builders and Skill Builders are each accompanied by their own Key Cards for testing and scoring. Rate Builders help students develop speed in reading.