Information About the Reading Recovery Program


Reading Recovery: Basic Facts

The goal of Reading Recovery is to dramatically reduce the number of first-grade students who have extreme difficulty learning to read and write and to reduce the cost of these learners to educational systems.

WHAT

Reading Recovery is a highly effective short-term intervention of one-to-one tutoring for low-achieving first graders.  The intervention is most effective when it is available to all students who need it and is used as a supplement to good classroom teaching.

WHO

Reading Recovery serves the lowest-achieving first graders - the students who are not catching on to the complex set of concepts that make reading and writing possible.

HOW

Individual students receive a half-hour lesson each school day for 12 to 20 weeks with a specially trained Reading Recovery teacher.  As soon as students can read within the average range of their class and demonstrate that they can continue to achieve, their lessons are discontinued, and new students begin individual instruction.

OUTCOMES

There are two positive outcomes for students:

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Professional development is an essential part of Reading Recovery.  Training utilizes a three-tiered approach that includes teachers, teacher leaders, and university trainers.  Professional development for teachers and teacher leaders begins with year-long graduate level study and is followed by ongoing training in succeeding years.  In Reading Recovery, teachers develop observational skills and a repertoire of intervention strategies tailored to meet the individual needs of at-risk students.

HISTORY OF SUCCESS

Reading Recovery has a strong tradition of success with the hardest-to-teach children.  Developed in New Zealand over 20 years ago, Reading Recovery now also operates in 49 states, the District of Columbia, Department of Defense Dependents Schools, plus Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia.  In its 15-year history in the United States, Reading Recovery has served more than 700,000 students.


Reading Recovery Lessons

LESSON OBJECTIVE

The objective of Reading Recovery lessons is to promote accelerated learning so that students catch up to their peers, close the achievement gap as quickly as possible, and continue to learn independently.

INDIVIDUAL ATTENTION

ASSESSMENT

LESSON CONTENT

PHONEMIC AWARENESS, PHONICS, SPELLING, AND COMPREHENSION

OUTCOMES

The series of Reading Recovery lessons has two possible positive outcomes:

 


 1 Clay, M.M. (1993).  Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.

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