Exploring: Reading Improvement

Researchers Urge Officials To Reject Reading Recovery

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By David J. Hoff Education Week, June 5, 2002 Washington A group of reading researchers has launched a campaign against Reading Recovery, contending that the popular one-on-one tutoring program fails to deliver the student-achievement gains it promises. The researchers—including several leaders in the field—say the program should not be a major component of states’ comprehensive Read more…

Reading Recovery: Just the Facts?

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by Bill Carlson Reading Recovery (RR) devotees often laud RR as the most effective first-grade remedial intervention program available for children having difficulty learning how to read. Others see RR as a mirage, an unintended but cruel hoax that brings children more harm than good. Well then, is RR really what’s best for kids? And Read more…

Reading Recovery is no such thing

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By Nora Chahbazi, published on April 25, 2001 Reading Recovery, a support program for struggling first-grade readers, is currently riding high on a wave of success. Originally established in New Zealand over 20 years ago, the program has since taken the United States by storm. Nationwide, over 3,450 districts have implemented Reading Recovery for their students, Read more…

Illiterate and Unhappy

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by Debra J. Saunders San Francisco Chronicle January 30, 2000 READING RECOVERY is a very expensive remedial program for first- graders who have trouble reading. It’s so expensive you could call it the educrats’ toilet seat, in honor of the Pentagon’s high-priced $600 toilet seat. This remedial program — featuring one-on-one tutoring for a half Read more…

Success in Reading Recovery Depends on the Development of Phonological Processing Skills

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James W. Chapman, William E. Tunmer and Jane E. Prochnow Massey University, New Zealand August 1999 Revised Research Report for Phase Three of Contract ER35/199/5, submitted to the Ministry of Education (New Zealand), August 1999. ABSTRACT This study examined the relationship between the development of phonological processing skills and the effectiveness of Reading Recovery (RR) Read more…

Reading Recovery Bites the Dust in Columbus, Ohio

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Investors Business Daily EDITORIALS When Education Theories Go Bad Date: 4/1/99 Reality has a funny way of intruding on theory — especially when it comes to educators. The failure of another education fad known as Reading Recovery has embarrassed educrats. They’ve been forced to turn to, gulp, the private sector for help. Columbus, Ohio, is Read more…

Letter to the Editor Relating to Reading Recovery

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Education Week, March 10, 1999 by Cathy Froggatt Former state director, North Carolina division of the National Right to Read Foundation Dear Editor: Brenda Power from Maine made a passionate but futile plea to steer the nation in the direction taken by Maine in reading reform, rather than that recently taken by California (“Reading Reform: Read more…