Reading Recovery


What is Reading Recovery?

  • Reading Recovery is a research, short-term intervention of one-to-one teaching for the lowest-achieving first graders.

  • In Reading Recovery, students receive 30-minute lessons each school day for 12 to 20 weeks from a specially trained teacher.

  • As soon as students can read and write at grade level and demonstrate that they can continue to achieve, their lessons are discontinued and new students receive individual instruction.

  • Reading Recovery had been reconstructed in Spanish as Descubriendo la Lectura.  It has also been reconstructed in French.

What can Reading Recovery do for my child?

  • A key premise of Reading Recovery is that early intervention in first grade is critical.  Research shows that children who fall behind in Grade 1 tend to remain below grade level in later school years.

  • Early intervention is important because the gap between the lowest- and highest- performing children is narrow in lower grades but widens later in elementary school.

  • Numerous studies have examined the effectiveness as Reading Recovery for children with reading difficulties.

  • Since 1984 when Reading Recovery began in the United States, about 8of 10 students with a full series of lessons met the criteria for successful first-grade reading and writing.

  • Although all children progress during their Reading Recovery lesson, a few do not make the accelerated progress needed to succeed without extra help.  These children may be recommended for additional evaluation.

How does Reading Recovery become part of a school’s literacy program?

  • Reading Recovery is available in about on in six U.S. public schools that serve first grade students.  It is available in 48 states and the Department of Defense schools.

  • Reading Recovery is the early intervention component of a school’s comprehensive literacy program.  It is not a stand –alone, program.

  • One of the benefits of Reading Recovery is the professional development that creates literacy experts who share their knowledge with other staff and students outside Reading Recovery.

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