Reading Recovery


What is Reading Recovery?

  • Reading Recovery is a short-term, research based, one-to-one intervention for the lowest-achieving readers in first grade.
  • In Reading Recovery, students receive a daily 30-minute lesson for 12 to 20 weeks from a specially trained teacher.

    What can Reading Recovery do for my child?

  • A key premise of Reading Recovery is that early intervention is critical.  Research shows that children who fall behind in first grade tend to remain below grade level in later school years.
  • Numerous studies have examined the effectiveness of Reading Recovery and have found it to be highly effective for children with reading difficulties.
  • Since 1984 when Reading Recovery began at Ohio State University about 8 of 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 program, 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 one 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 an important component of a school’s comprehensive literacy program.  It is not a stand alone program.
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