Document Number: 2590Reading for Understanding: Towards an R&D Program in Reading Comprehension - With a considerable body of research on how children acquire basic reading skills already established, more attention needs to be directed toward building a sustained and systematic study of reading comprehension, a panel of experts concludes. The report from a reading study group assembled by the RAND Corporation suggests that research on how children develop skills in reading and understanding many types of texts will be one of the most urgent needs for reading researchers and teachers over the next 10-15 years. The report outlines a plan for finding out which curriculum and instructional practices best promote comprehension skills, as well as effective ways to assess those skills. The report was prepared for the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Educational Research and Improvement. (Catherine Snow, RAND Corporation, 2002)...