Observations on Reading Recovery
Reading Recovery, a whole-language tutoring program, was developed in the 1970s by Marie Clay, a New Zealand educator. Dr. Groff looks at how children are assigned to Reading Recovery and how their progress is tracked while enrolled. In Reading Recovery, students are told to guess at unknown words and are given predictable text for practice reading. Neither practice is supported by reliable, replicable reading research.
This analysis shows that Reading Recovery is extremely expensive and does not raise students' reading levels.
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