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ERIC Number: ED535325
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Sep
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 15
The Spalding Method[R]. What Works Clearinghouse Intervention Report
What Works Clearinghouse
"The Spalding Method"[R] is a language arts program for grades K-6 that uses explicit, integrated instruction and multisensory techniques to teach spelling, writing, and reading. The program and its textbook, "The Writing Road to Reading," provide 32 weeks of lesson plans. Students work on program materials in spelling, writing, and reading for 90-120 minutes every day. During spelling instruction, students are taught how to use a basic marking system to connect speech sounds to print. They first separate words into syllables and mark them in notebooks, eventually forming a personal glossary of marked words. Spelling instruction focuses on teaching students how to read and write 70 common phonograms (sound-symbols) and how to blend these phonograms into high-frequency words. This review of "The Spalding Method"[R] for Adolescent Literacy focuses on students in grades 4-12. The What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) identified 14 studies of "The Spalding Method"[R] for adolescent readers that were published or released between 1989 and 2011. One study is within the scope of the Adolescent Literacy review protocol but does not meet WWC evidence standards. This study uses a quasi-experimental design but does not establish that the comparison group was comparable to the intervention group prior to the start of the intervention. Nine studies are out of the scope of the Adolescent Literacy review protocol because they have an ineligible study design. Four studies are out of the scope of the Adolescent Literacy review protocol for a reason other than study design. One study does not include students in grades 4-12, as specified in the protocol. One study includes fewer than 50% general education students. One study does not occur within the time frame specified in the protocol. One study examined the intervention combined with other components, so it is not possible to isolate the effect of the intervention. A glossary of terms is included. (Contains 2 endnotes and 11 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: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Grade 10; Grade 11; Grade 12; Grade 4; Grade 5; Grade 6; Grade 7; Grade 8; Grade 9; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: What Works Clearinghouse (ED)
IES Funded: Yes