ERIC Number: ED408309
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
An Evaluation of an Implementation of the Reading Recovery Program.
Denton, Carolyn A.
The effectiveness of the Reading Recovery Program, a literacy intervention for at-risk first-grade students, as it was implemented in 1995-96 in a small rural school district in Texas was studied. Reading Recovery consists of daily individual literacy tutoring sessions taught by a specially trained teacher, and emphasizes active engagement of the child, instruction in use of literacy strategies, instructional scaffolding, and teaching for independence. Quantitative data was collected over a 9-month period, comparing the performance and rate of improvement of treatment groups of four and six students with those of a comparison group of nine students who received instruction in small literacy development groups. The number of students in the comparison group decreased as students moved into the second treatment group. The achievement of treatment and comparison students was compared to that of all 33 first graders in the school. Student performance was measured using an informal survey of oral reading fluency, accuracy, and comprehension, and the reading components of the Iowa Test of Basic Skills. The program seemed to meet some of its goals, but fell short of others. There is evidence that the program helped students to achieve an accelerated rate of growth in their literacy learning and to read accurately and with average comprehension. The treatment group students did not achieve expected normative benchmarks in oral reading fluency or the norm-referenced measure, and they did not seem to attain the average level of performance of their peers on literacy measures. (Contains 33 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Iowa Tests of Basic Skills