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ERIC Number: ED499238
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jul-16
Pages: 15
Abstractor: ERIC
Read Naturally. What Works Clearinghouse Intervention Report
What Works Clearinghouse
"Read Naturally" is designed to improve reading fluency using a combination of books, audiotapes, and computer software. According to the developer's web site, this 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 the students themselves and by teachers. Students work at a reading level appropriate for their achievement level, progress through the program at their own rate, and work, for the most part, on an independent basis. The program has two versions. In one, students use audiocassettes or CDs in conjunction with hard-copy reading materials. In the second version students use the "Read Naturally" computer program alone. The "Read Naturally" program is designed to increase time spent reading. The What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) reviewed 14 studies on "Read Naturally." One study of "Read Naturally" met the WWC evidence standards and one study met WWC evidence standards with reservations. The two studies included 106 students from first and second grades in two elementary schools in Arizona and Georgia. Based on these two studies, the WWC found no discernible effects in the fluency and reading comprehension domains. (Contains 14 footnotes.) [The following studies are reviewed in this intervention report: (1) Hancock, C. M. (2002). Accelerating reading trajectories: The effects of dynamic research-based instruction. "Dissertation Abstracts International," 63(06), 2139A. (UMI No. 3055690); and (2) Mesa, C. L. (2004). "Effect of Read Naturally software on reading fluency and comprehension." Unpublished master's thesis, Piedmont College, Demorest, GA.]
What Works Clearinghouse. PO Box 2393, Princeton, NJ 08543-2393. Tel: 866-503-6114; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 1; Grade 2; Primary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: What Works Clearinghouse (ED)
Identifiers - Location: Arizona; Georgia