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ERIC Number: ED497727
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jul-2
Pages: 16
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 9
Wilson Reading System[R]. What Works Clearinghouse Intervention Report
What Works Clearinghouse
Wilson Reading System[R] is a supplemental reading and writing curriculum designed to promote reading accuracy (decoding) and spelling (encoding) skills for students with word-level deficits. The program is designed to teach phonemic awareness, alphabetic principles (sound-symbol relationship), word study, spelling, sight word instruction, fluency, vocabulary, oral expressive language development, and comprehension. Students engage in a variety of activities in the classroom, including hearing sounds, practicing with syllable and word cards, listening to others read, and reading aloud and repeating what they have read in their own words. The program is designed to help children master new skills, with reviews reinforcing previous lessons. This program was designed for students in grade 2 and above. Fundations[R], a related program not reviewed in this report, was recently developed with the same principle for students in Kindergarten through third grade. In the single study reviewed by the WWC for this report, only the word-level components of Wilson Reading System[R] were implemented. The WWC reviewed nine studies on Wilson Reading System[R]. One study met WWC evidence standards, and the remaining studies did not meet WWC evidence screens. Based on this one study, the WWC found potentially positive effects in alphabetics, and no discernible effects in fluency and comprehension. It should be noted, however, that the fluency, comprehension, and vocabulary components of the Wilson Reading System[R] were not used at the request of the researchers conducting the study. The evidence presented in this report is limited and may change as new research emerges. (Contains 9 footnotes and 5 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: Adult Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Grade 3
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Institute of Education Sciences (ED), Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania
IES Funded: Yes