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ERIC Number: ED497725
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jun-11
Pages: 16
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 1
Start Making a Reader Today[R] (SMART[R]). What Works Clearinghouse Intervention Report
What Works Clearinghouse
Start Making a Reader Today[R] (SMART[R]) is a volunteer tutoring program widely implemented in Oregon for students in grades K-2 who are at risk of reading failure. The program is designed to be a low-cost, easy-to-implement intervention. Volunteer tutors go into schools where at least 40% of students are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch and read one-on-one with students twice a week for half an hour. Typically, one volunteer works with two children on four types of activities: reading to the child, reading with the child, re-reading with the child, and asking the child questions about what has been read. The program also gives each student two new books a month to encourage families to read together. One study of SMART[R] met the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) evidence standards. The study included more than 125 students in first grade in six schools across four school districts in Oregon. The WWC considers the extent of evidence for SMART[R] to be small but potentially positive for alphabetics, fluency, and comprehension. No studies that met WWC evidence standards with or without reservations addressed general reading achievement. The evidence presented in this report may change as new research emerges. (Contains 6 footnotes and 6 appendixes.)
What Works Clearinghouse. 2277 Research Boulevard, MS 5M, Rockville, MD 20850. Tel: 866-992-9799; Fax: 301-519-6760; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 1; Grade 2; Kindergarten; Primary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Institute of Education Sciences (ED), Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: Oregon
IES Funded: Yes