MEASURABLE RESULTS IN
JUST WEEKS, NOT YEARS
Reading Recovery is a short-term early intervention for first-grade students having difficulty with reading and writing. Results are consistent across more than 30 years and include more than 2.3 million Reading Recovery students. More than 100 research studies have documented Reading Recovery’s benefits for students and schools. And a recent federally funded independent evaluation found large gains for the lowest-performing students across a 5-year scale-up grant. READ MORE
WHAT WORKS CLEARINGHOUSE
The WWC publishes intervention reports that assess research on beginning reading curricula and instructional strategies for students from kindergarten through third grade. To date, WWC has reviewed research studies for more than 228 programs in the beginning reading (K-3) domain. Only 56 of those programs had evidence of positive or potentially positive effects on at least one outcome measure.
Reading Recovery achieved strong results, receiving positive or potentially positive ratings across all four outcomes — alphabetics (phonics and phonemic awareness), fluency, comprehension, and reading achievement. Among programs reviewed, Reading Recovery received the highest improvement index in reading achievement and fluency.* READ MORE
RATING EFFECTIVENESS VS. UNASSISTED STUDENTS
Improvement index scale: -50 to +50
*These updated (May 2019) ratings include the addition of the Consortium for Policy Research in Education (CPRE) single study review of the four-year i3 scale-up report. The study has not yet been incorporated into the Reading Recovery beginning reading intervention report, last updated in 2013. Ratings were calculated following procedures in the WWC Handbook 4.0.