The ability to read is vital to functioning effectively in a literate society. The most important goal of reading instruction in elementary school is to help students acquire the skills and knowledge they need to read grade-level text fluently and with comprehension. It takes real effort for students to understand the many forms of complex written materials they begin to encounter as they move through elementary school and into middle and high school. Reading for enjoyment is also an important goal in teaching reading! This page provides information for parents and Reading teachers alike.