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Effective Reading Recovery implementation reforms and improves educational systems. The quality of implementation has significant effect on outcomes and on the degree to which Reading Recovery can affect the system.


In order to achieve the maximum benefits, school systems implement Reading Recovery according to published standards for operation of the intervention. Highly effective implementations significantly reduce the number of children with severe reading problems.

Critical factors in implementation effectiveness

  1. Full implementation is achieved when district support is robust enough to ensure that every child who needs Reading Recovery services has access to the intervention. This is calculated by determining individual need at individual schools and should not be construed as a district average.
  2. Administrative support implementing a high-quality Reading Recovery intervention often requires changes in people's beliefs, organizational patterns, allocation of resources, roles, and communication patterns. Administrators play a critical role in this process. They must plan for and ensure resources are committed to achieve full implementation. Close collaboration and communication among stakeholders and Reading Recovery is an integral part of the educational system
  3. Adherence to Standards and Guidelines for Reading Recovery in the United States is a cornerstone of effective implementations. 


Sustaining Reading Recovery in schools
Once established, a strong commitment to sustaining Reading Recovery ensures a strong implementation. Reading Recovery’s role in the schoolwide literacy plan must be made clear. Data collected and reported annually in Reading Recovery can be used to evaluate program success, inform decisions, and for further planning for meeting the needs of children.

A strong commitment also involves sustaining teaching and training quality through professional development opportunities. Key Reading Recovery personnel have the opportunity to participate regularly in professional development activities. Continuous learning ensures the sustained quality of an implementation.

The decision to implement Reading Recovery with fidelity is a collaborative partnership among teachers, administrators, parents, and university personnel. Strong coordination and communication among groups contributes to the success of any implementation.