1. Introduction

The Studies and Research Committee of the Illinois Reading Council is compiling an inventory of materials, resources, and instructional approaches used by Illinois school districts in their elementary reading programs. The results will be made available to IRC members and to the general public. This information should be helpful to many people: the districts themselves in researching programs and planning staff development, colleges of education in preparing pre-service teachers for what they will meet in their schools, educational researchers, and professional staff developers, among others. Thank you for taking the time to help us answer these questions. We believe the results will be of real value to you in the future.