What Works? Reading Recovery!

The Department of Education’s What Works Clearinghouse has released their evaluation of early reading programs and the top rated program is Reading Recovery.

From Education Week:

Just one program was found to have positive effects or potentially positive effects across all four of the domains in the review—alphabetics, fluency, comprehension, and general reading achievement. That program, Reading Recovery, an intensive, one-on-one tutoring program, has drawn criticism over the past few years from prominent researchers and federal officials who claimed it was not scientifically based.

Federal officials and contractors tried to discourage states and districts from using Reading Recovery in schools participating in the federal Reading First program, citing a lack of evidence that it helps struggling readers.

“Tried to discourage” is a little mild considering what happened in Madison. Can we get our $2 Million now (with interest)?

More on Reading First from Jim Horn at Schools Matter

Thomas J. Mertz

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