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ERIC Number: ED497721
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jul-9
Pages: 16
Abstractor: ERIC
Kaplan SpellRead. What Works Clearinghouse Intervention Report
What Works Clearinghouse
"Kaplan SpellRead" (formerly known as "SpellRead Phonological Auditory Training"[R]) is a literacy program for struggling readers in grades 2 or above, including special education students, English language learners, and students more than two years below grade level in reading. "Kaplan SpellRead" integrates the auditory and visual aspects of the reading process and emphasizes specific skill mastery through systematic and explicit instruction. The program takes five to nine months to complete and consists of 140 lessons divided into three phases. The What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) reviewed two studies on "Kaplan SpellRead." Both studies met WWC evidence standards. Based on these two studies, the WWC found positive effects in alphabetics and potentially positive effects in fluency and comprehension. The evidence presented in this report may change as new research emerges. (Contains 7 footnotes.) [The two studies reviewed in this intervention report are: (1) Rashotte, C. A., MacPhee, K., & Torgesen, J. K. (2001). The effectiveness of a group reading instruction program with poor readers in multiple grades. "Learning Disability Quarterly," 24(2), 119-134; and (2) Torgesen, J., Myers, D., Schirm, A., Stuart, E., Vartivarian, S., Mansfield, W., et al. (2006). "National assessment of Title I interim report--Volume II: Closing the reading gap: First year findings from a randomized trial of four reading interventions for striving readers." Retrieved from Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education web site:]
What Works Clearinghouse. 550 12th Street SW, Washington, DC 20024; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Grade 1; Grade 2; Grade 3
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: What Works Clearinghouse (ED)
Identifiers - Location: Canada; Pennsylvania
IES Funded: Yes