What Evidence Says

What Evidence Says About Reading Recovery

In May 2002, a letter criticizing Reading Recovery was widely distributed to members of Congress and the education community via the Internet. This 76-page comprehensive report reviews the research base for Reading Recovery and responds to the four criticisms of the Internet letter concerning Reading Recovery effectiveness, costs, assessment measures, and teaching phonics. A 12-page summary report is also available.

Download the full 76-page report (PDF)

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Introduction (PDF)
Section I — Reading Recovery is highly successful with lowest-performing first-grade students. (PDF)
Section II — Cost-effectiveness is a complex concept in education. (PDF)
Section III — Reading Recovery uses standard assessment measures. (PDF)
Section IV — Change is an integral part of Reading Recovery design. (PDF)
References and Appendices (PDF)

Download the 12-page Executive Summary (PDF)