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ERIC Number: ED533259
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jun
Pages: 16
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 37
Reading Edge. What Works Clearinghouse Intervention Report
What Works Clearinghouse
"Reading Edge" is a middle school literacy program that emphasizes cooperative learning, goal setting, feedback, classroom management techniques, and the use of metacognitive strategy, whereby students assess their own skills and learn to apply new ones. The program is a component of the "Success for All"[superscript 2] ("SFA")[R] whole-school reform model and provides eight levels of instruction, from beginning through eighth-grade reading levels. Students are grouped into classes based on ability, and whole-class reading instruction is delivered in daily 60-minute blocks. Instruction at the early levels uses fiction, nonfiction, and simple scripts to help students develop basic decoding skills, reading fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. At reading level 3 and higher, students focus on developing comprehension strategies using both narrative and expository texts. All levels focus on building background knowledge and developing study skills. Although the program is often implemented in the context of the "SFA"[R] whole-school reform, this report focuses on "Reading Edge" as a stand-alone program in grades 4 and higher. Thirty-seven studies reviewed by the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) investigated the effects of "Reading Edge" on adolescent readers. One study (Chamberlain, Daniels, Madden, & Slavin, 2007) is a randomized controlled trial that meets WWC evidence standards without reservations. That one study is summarized in this report. The remaining 36 studies do not meet either WWC eligibility screens or evidence standards. Appended are: (1) Research details for Chamberlain et al. (2007); (2) Outcome measures for each domain; (3) Findings included in the rating for the comprehension domain; and (4) Supplemental subtest findings for the comprehension domain. A glossary of terms is included. (Contains 3 tables, 8 endnotes and 4 additional sources.)
What Works Clearinghouse. P.O. Box 2393, Princeton, NJ 08543-2393. Tel: 866-503-6114; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Grade 6; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: What Works Clearinghouse (ED)
Identifiers - Location: Florida; West Virginia
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Gates MacGinitie Reading Tests
IES Funded: Yes