Dedicated to promoting high levels of literacy for all by improving the quality of reading instruction, disseminating research and information about reading and encouraging the lifetime reading habit, the IRA has affiliate groups located in over 99 countries throughout the world and a network of 350 000 members.
To promote literacy worldwide by improving the quality of reading instruction through the study of the reading process and teaching techniques
To serve as a clearinghouse for the dissemination of reading research through conferences, journals and other publications.
To encourage the lifetime reading habit.
Acts as an umbrella organization to a network of over 1,250 councils and works with 45 special interest groups that promote understanding of a broad range of issues; presents annually more than 26 awards recognizing outstanding achievement in research, teaching, writing, and professional and community service. Networking with professionals. Organizes conventions. Publishing activity.