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Reading Recovery - Research & Reports

“No other early reading intervention measures up to Reading Recovery’s overall ratings and improvement indices.” -What Works Clearinghouse, US Dept. of Education’s Institute of Education Services

Reading Recovery is “Proven” Says Promising Practices Network
The University Training Center for Reading Recovery was recently notified that the Promising Practices Network (PPN) has updated information on Reading Recovery and awarded a “proven” rating.  PPN reviewed research evidence of programs and practices that are proven to improve outcomes for children.  All programs rated are reviewed to ensure evidence of positive effects.

This announcement adds to the number of research reviews that have reported strong evidence of Reading Recovery’s effectiveness.  Other review agencies include the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) in 2007 and 2008, the National Center on Response to Intervention (NCRTI) in 2011, and the National Center on Intensive Intervention (NCII) in 2012.

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Reading Recovery Works

Reading Recovery lessons provide a balanced approach to literacy that develop strategies and skills that students can use in reading and writing. The following components are integrated within an individualized lesson:

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The What Works Clearinghouse bestowed the “gold standard” to Reading Recovery as a true research-driven intervention. Of the 24 intervention programs reviewed in 2007, Reading Recovery was the only one to receive the highest ranking of “Positive Effects” on general reading achievement, phonics, phonological awareness, letter identification, comprehension, and fluency.

To find out more on What Works Clearinghouse, visit:

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