Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity
10. Read and comprehend complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently. In recognition of the importance of reading in the disciplines, the CCSS contain standards developed for reading and writing in history, social studies, science and technical subjects. The introduction to these standards states:
Students must be able to read complex informational texts in these fields (i.e., History/Social Studies, Science, Technology) with independence and confidence because the vast majority of reading in college and workforce training programs will be sophisticated nonfiction. It is important to note that these Reading standards are meant to complement the specific content demands of the disciplines, not replace them. (National Governors Association Center for Best Practices, Council of Chief State School Officers, 2010, p. 60).
Teaching students the skills required to read complex disciplinary text will enable them to access more of the content as well as learn to read with comprehension. Students who develop these skills are more likely to attain the rigorous standards identified in the Common Core State Standards.