About Reading Recovery


  • Reading Recovery® is a highly effective short-term school-based intervention of one-to-one tutoring for the lowest literacy achievers in Grade 1. The goal is to dramatically reduce the number of first graders who have extreme difficulty learning to read and write and reduce the cost of these learners to education and society. Emphasis is on prevention of literacy failure, thus providing educational opportunity and access to the collected knowledge and creativity of our culture.
  • Reading Recovery supplements classroom teaching. Individual students receive daily half-hour lessons for 12 to 20 weeks with a specially trained teacher. About 75% meet grade-level expectations and demonstrate that they can continue to learn in their classrooms. Reading Recovery’s results are rooted in its yearlong teacher training and ongoing professional development.
  • Reading Recovery is more than a “program”. It is a cost-effective long-term investment in professional development for teachers. It builds teacher knowledge in literacy learning and teaching. Reading Recovery teachers offer superbly designed lessons to meet the needs of the lowest literacy learners. In this long-term, sustainable model of professional development Teacher Leaders and Trainers support Reading Recovery teachers on an ongoing basis.
  • Literacy LessonsTM, Literacy Processing, and other Comprehensive Intervention Model trainings provide the same design of multi-tiered ongoing professional development and ongoing support, in which Teacher Leaders and Trainers support intervention teachers in grades kindergarten through grade 12.

Reading Recovery Organizational Structure