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ERIC Number: ED496724
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-May-7
Pages: 14
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 1
Read, Write & Type![TM]. What Works Clearinghouse Intervention Report
What Works Clearinghouse
This report is an evaluation of the "Read, Write & Type!"[TM] Learning System, a software program with supporting materials designed to teach beginning reading skills by emphasizing writing as a way to learn to read. The program was developed for six- to nine-year-old students who are just beginning to read and for students who are struggling readers and writers. The main goal of "Read, Write & Type!"[TM] is to help students develop an awareness of the 40 English phonemes and the ability to associate each phoneme with a letter or a combination of letters and a finger stroke on the keyboard. Other goals of the program include identifying phonemes in words and fluency in sounding out, typing, and reading regularly spelled words. One study of "Read, Write & Type!"[TM] met the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) evidence standards. The study included 150 students from first grade in five elementary schools. The WWC considers the extent of evidence for "Read, Write & Type!"[TM] to be small for alphabetics and comprehension. No studies that met WWC standards with or without reservations addressed fluency or general reading achievement. Based on the one study, "Read, Write & Type!"[TM] was found to have potentially positive effects on alphabetics and no discernible effects on comprehension. Findings on fluency and general reading achievement were not reported in the study. (Contains 27 footnotes.) [This publication was produced by the What Works Clearinghouse. The following study is reviewed in this intervention report: Torgesen, J., Wagner, R., Rashotte, C., & Herron, J. (2003). "Summary of Outcomes from First Grade Study with Read, Write, and Type and Auditory Discrimination in Depth Instruction and Software with At-Risk Children" (FCRR Techn. Rep. No. 2). Retrieved from Florida Center for Reading Research Web site:]
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Institute of Education Sciences (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
IES Funded: Yes