Finding Effective Reading Programs

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Circulation: 84, 497
ISSN: 1538-320

March 8, 2011

Parents, teachers, and administrators are searching for reliable information about reading programs that have research that supports their effectiveness.

In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate, you will learn reasons for reading failure, qualities of effective reading programs, and requirements for research based reading. We'll also tell you how to find research based reading programs.

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What ARE the Criteria for Remedial Reading Programs?

"My child has been in remedial reading this year and has fallen further behind his peers. Can the school select one reading program and use that program for all children? What are the criteria for remedial reading programs?"

What ARE the Criteria for Remedial Reading Programs?

Sue Whitney answers this parent's questions. Sue describes the federal model reading program, requirements for research based reading programs and explains the price children pay when we do not teach them to read.


6 Qualities of Effective Reading Programs

1. Effective programs are driven by reading research, not ideology.

2. Effective programs emphasize direct, systematic, intensive, and sustained reading.

3. Effective programs require school-wide buy-in before they are adopted.

4. Effective programs are supported by initial professional development and extended follow-up training throughout the school year.

5. When implementing an effective program, the school needs to be committed to the integrity of the program's instructional approach and materials.

6. Effective programs make effective use of instructional time, provide multiple reading opportunities, and employ a variety of reading assessments.

Read this article to find the 11 Questions To Ask About Your Child's Reading Program.


Effective Research Based Reading Interventions

You say Reading Recovery is not effective for young children with reading disorders. Where can I find a list of effective research-based reading interventions?

Read Where Can I Find Research Based Reading Programs & Assessments to learn about reading programs that have research to support their use and the important role of assessments - this article includes a list of resources.


Is "Reading Recovery" an Effective Reading Program?

Reading Recovery is receiving increased scrutiny regarding claims of the program’s effectiveness. So What Do School Districts Get for Their Money when they use Reading Recovery?

Dr. Melissa Farrall explains why many respected reading experts have expressed serious concerns about the effectiveness of Reading Recovery.

Pete Wright says - "Needless to Say, I Have No Use for Reading Recovery!" Reading Recovery damages children with dyslexia.

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