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Recent years have brought an unprecedented interest in reading comprehension, particularly in the area of research. The Center for the Study of Reading was established in 1976 at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, with its basic goal to conduct research into the underlying processes of reading comprehension. One unusual characteristic of this endeavor was the assembly of a multidisciplinary staff of researchers from the areas of psychology and linguistics, as well as reading. Over the past years, the CSR has been prolific in its research and dissemination with hundreds of pieces of ongoing research and summaries of studies having been published. Much of the data have reiterated what good reading teachers and specialists have known for years, while other studies have indicated some changes that need to be made and some areas that need to be strengthened.

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