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ERIC Number: ED511030
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jul
Pages: 17
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 5
Read Naturally[R]. What Works Clearinghouse Intervention Report
What Works Clearinghouse
"Read Naturally"[R] is an elementary and middle school supplemental reading program designed to improve reading fluency using a combination of books, audiotapes, and computer software. The program has three main strategies: repeated reading of text for developing oral reading fluency, teacher modeling of story reading, and systematic monitoring of student progress by teachers and the students themselves. The What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) reviewed three studies on "Read Naturally"[R] for English language learners. One study meets WWC evidence standards; one study meets WWC evidence standards with reservations; the remaining study does not meet WWC evidence standards. Based on the two studies, the WWC found no discernible effects in reading achievement and English language development for English language learners. Appendices include: (1) Study characteristics; (2) Outcome measures; (3) Summary of study findings included in the ratings; (4) "Read Naturally"[R] ratings; and (5) Extent of evidence by domain. (Contains 10 footnotes.) [The following studies are reviewed in this intervention report: (1) Kemp, S. C. (2006). Teaching to "Read Naturally": Examination of a fluency training program for third grade students (Doctoral dissertation, University of California, Irvine and University of California, Los Angeles, 2006). "Dissertation Abstracts International, 67"(07A), 95-2447; (2) Denton, C. A., Anthony, J. L., Parker, R., & Hasbrouck, J. E. (2004). Effects of two tutoring programs on the English reading development of Spanish-English bilingual students. "The Elementary School Journal, 104"(4), 289-305; and (3) Kamps, D., Abbott, M., Greenwood, C., Arreaga-Mayer, C., Wills, H., Longstaff, J., et al. (2007). Use of evidence-based, small-group reading instruction for English language learners in elementary grades: Secondary-tier intervention. "Learning Disability Quarterly, 30"(3), 153-168.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: What Works Clearinghouse (ED)
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Stanford Diagnostic Reading Test; Woodcock Reading Mastery Test
IES Funded: Yes