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4-Year Evaluation of Reading Recovery Expansion Finds Strong Gains in Student Reading Achievement
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Final independent research report finds i3 scale-up of Reading Recovery 'highly successful'
Findings from "one of the most ambitious and well-documented expansions of an instructional program in U.S. history" show the $55 million Investing in Innovation (i3) scale-up of Reading Recovery was highly successful.
Reading Recovery: An Evaluation of the Four-Year i3 Scale-Up by the Consortium for Policy Research in Education (CPRE) reports key findings on scale-up processes, challenges, and outcomes; immediate and sustained impacts; implementation fidelity, and implementation at both the lesson and school level. The independent evaluation examining Reading Recovery's "impacts and execution is one of the most comprehensive evaluations ever implemented in the field of education."
“The growth rate we observed in students who participated in Reading Recovery over approximately a five-month period was 131 percent of the national average rate for 1st-grade students. Moreover, these results were similar in two subgroups of interest to the i3 program: English Language Learners and students in rural schools.” (p. 3)
A total of 3,747 teachers were trained, serving 61,992 students in one-to-one lessons. In addition, these Reading Recovery-trained professionals taught 325,458 students in classroom or small-group instruction.
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