Achieving Literacy is not a standard textbook. It is not a chapter-by-chapter, scope-and-sequence reading program. It is a structured tutorial method that addresses the skills needed to read fluently and to understand what is being read. A reader who is hesitating with one or more of these skills will not have comprehension of the text. This method offers specific guidance for teachers, instructors, tutors and parents. It also provides affordable learning materials for students, which can be used independently or alongside mandated curriculum to enhance student achievement.
The objective is to place children from disadvantaged communities on the path to reading with comprehension. In spite of existing support programs, there exists no clear example of success. All areas of the curriculum are affected if the reading skill is not at grade level. Thus, the concern is also about low performance in math and science.