PRESS Research

In 2010, Minnesota Center for Reading Research partnered with Minnesota Reading Corps and Target Corporation to develop the PRESS pilot, a three-year initiative to enhance research-based instructional practices in K-3rd grade reading at six Minneapolis schools (public and charter). Three co-principal investigators from the University of Minnesota were involved in developing the PRESS framework:

Lori Helman
College of Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota
Associate Professor, Curriculum and Instruction
Director, Minnesota Center for Reading Research

Jennifer McComas
College of Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota
Professor, Educational Psychology

Matthew Burns
College of Education, University of Missouri
Associate Dean for Research
(former Professor at University of Minnesota and Co-Director of MCRR)

Read about PRESS in CEHD Connect [PDF]

CEHD Connect Fall 2013 Cover Image


Research Outcomes

Download our research flyer here.

PRESS Research Flyer

Current Publications

Current Publications:

  • Burns, M. K., Karich, A. C., Maki, K. E., Anderson, A., Pulles, S. M., Ittner, A., McComas, J. J., & Helman, L. (2015). Identifying classwide problems in reading with screening data. Journal of Evidence Based Practices for Schools, 14, 186-204.
  • Burns, M. K., Maki, K. E., Karich, A. C., Hall, M., McComas, J., & Helman, L. (2016). Problem analysis at tier 2: Using data to find the category of the problem. In S. R. Jimerson, M. K. Burns, & A. VanDerHeyden (Eds.), Handbook of Response to Intervention, Second Edition (pp. 293-307). New York, NY: Springer.
  • Burns, M. K., Pulles, S. M., Maki, K. E., Kanive, R., Hodgsen, J., Helman, L. A., & McComas, J. (accepted for publication). Relationship between instructional level as measured by a reading inventory and reading performance in corresponding leveled books. Journal of School Psychology.
  • Ittner, A., Helman, L., Burns, M.K., & McComas, J. (2015). Data drive these coaches.Literacy    project merges school goals with teachers' learning needs. Journal of Staff Development, 36(2), 20-24.
  • Klingbeil, D.A., McComas, J.J., Burns, M.K., & Helman, L. (2015). Comparison of predictive validity and diagnostic accuracy of screening measures in reading skills. Psychology in the Schools, 52, 500-514. doi: 10.1002/pits.21839

White Papers

Click on the links below for PRESS White Papers (PDF format).