Professor of Education Emerita

Dr. Marjorie Lipson is a scholar in the areas of reading, reading (dis)ability, assessment and school change. Her most recent research interests revolve around systemic reforms to integrate and connect general and special education in ways that provide all students with the instruction and contexts they need to succeed. She has continued her work in policy and research related to early reading difficulties, reading comprehension, and assessment.

Dr. Lipson was selected as a UVM University Scholar in 2009, and published widely in journals such as Reading Research Quarterly, Elementary School Journal, and Reading Teacher. Her text on the assessment of reading and writing difficulties is in its 5th edition.


  • Lipson, M. Y. (with others) (2019). Children experiencing reading difficulties: What We Know and What We Can Do. Literacy Leadership Brief. Newark, DE: International Literacy Association.
  • Lipson, M. Y. (with others) (2019). VTmtss Field Guide. Montpelier, VT: Agency of Education.
  • Lipson, M. Y., Gallant, P. D. (with others). (2013). MTSS Self-assessment Survey. Montpelier, VT: Vermont Reads Institute.
  • Childress, J., Backman, A. C., & Lipson, M. Y. (2019). Reframing Literacy Assessment: Using Scales and Micro‐Progressions to Provide Equitable Assessments for All Learners. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, 63(4), 371-377.
  • Lipson, M. Y., & Wixson, K. K. (2013). Assessment of reading and writing difficulties: An interactive approach (5th ed.). NY: Pearson.
  • Wixson, K. K., Lipson, M. Y., & Valencia, S. W. (2013). Response to intervention for teaching and learning in language and literacy, in C. A. Stone, E. R. Silliman, B. J. Ehren, & G. Wallach (Eds), Handbook on language and literacy: Development and disorders (Vol. 2, pp. 637-653). NY: Guilford Press.
  • Lipson, M. Y., & Wixson, K. K. (2012). To what interventions are students responding? The Reading Teacher, 66, 111-115.
  • Lipson, M. Y., & Wixson, K. K. (Eds.) (2010). Successful approaches to RTI: Collaborative practices for improving literacy, K-12.  Newark, DE: International Reading Association.
  • Lipson, M. Y. (2007). Teaching reading beyond the primary grades: A blueprint for helping intermediate students develop the skills they need to comprehend the texts they read. NY: Scholastic.
  • Lipson, M. Y. (2006). Intelligent Action as the Basis for Literacy Instruction in Classroom and Clinical Settings. In K. H. Stahl, & M. C. McKenna (Eds.), Reading Research at Work (pp. 394-402). NY: Guilford and Newark, DE: International Reading Association.
  • Lipson, M. Y., Mosenthal, J. H., Mekkelsen, J., & Russ, B. (2004). Building knowledge and fashioning success one school at a time. The Reading Teacher, 57 (6), 534-542.
  • Mosenthal, J. H., Lipson, M. Y., Torncello, S., Russ, B., & Mekkelsen, J., (2004). Contexts and practices of six schools successful in obtaining reading achievement. Elementary School Journal, 104(5), 343-367.

Awards and Recognition

  • National Reading Hall of Fame Induction, 2016
  • University Scholar, University of Vermont, 2008-9
  • Special Recognition Award, New England Reading Association, 2001
  • Vermont Council on Reading, Lyman C. Hunt, Jr. Award, 1995
  • University of Vermont Graduate Teaching Award, 1992
  • Kroepsch-Maurice Award for Teaching Excellence, 1991

Associations and Affiliations

International Reading Association

  • Co-Chair, Commission on Response to Intervention, 2008-2011. (2012, member of the RTI Task Force).
  • Member, Issues in Literacy Assessment (standing Committee). International Reading Association, 2007- 2008.
  • Advisory Committee Member. Literacy Hub for BMENA countries, 2006-2007.
  • Project Coordinator and Co-author of Reports for Tanzania Literacy Project (Collaboration with UNESCO). Tanzania, June – September, 2005.
  • Project Co-Director and Co-author of Evaluation Report (Country-wide Pilots in Literacy). Collaboration with USAID, Ghana, 2004

National Reading Conference (now Literacy Research Association):

  • Member, Distinguished Scholar Lifetime Achievement Award Committee, 2005-2006
  • Board of Directors, 2001-2003
  • Co-Chair, Policy & Legislative Committee, l995-1998
Marjorie Lipson

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

  • Reading and Reading Difficulties
  • Comprehension
  • Assessment


  • B.S., University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • M.Ed., University of Vermont
  • Ph.D., University of Michigan