Reading Recovery

  • Reading Recovery is an early short-term intervention of one-on-one tutoring for low-achieving first graders. The intervention is most effective when it is available to all students who need it and is used as a supplement to good classroom teaching.

    How does it work?

    In Reading Recovery, individual students receive a half-hour lesson each school day for 12 to 20 weeks with a specially trained Reading Recovery teacher.

    As soon as students can read within the average range of their class and demonstrate that they can continue to achieve, their lessons are discontinued, and new students begin individual instruction.

    Did you know?

    • "Reading Recovery can bring the child's progress back into the average band of achievement in 12 to 15 weeks of individualized instruction."
    • "In the United States, approximately three-fourths of the children who have the opportunity for a full series of Reading Recovery lessons in Grade 1 reach grade-level expectancies in a short period of time."
    • "Reading Recovery is a not-for-profit partnership."
    • "The teacher works from the child's strengths and does not waste time teaching the child something already known, which suggests that the quantity, quality, and intensity of literacy instruction needed for every child to become literate will differ."
    • "Reading Recovery is designed to be an essential part of a school's comprehensive literacy plan."
    • "Evaluation data collected over the last 20 years in the United States reveal that Reading Recovery can prevent a lifetime of reading difficulties if the intervention is delivered early during the first year of schooling."
    • "Reading Recovery has a strong scientific research foundation based on more than 35 years of the founder's work (Clay, 1966, 1979, 1985, 1991, 1993, 2002).

    - Changing Futures The Influence of Reading Recovery in the United States 2005

    Click the link below to watch a short video that gives an overview of the Reading Recovery program:

    Reading Recovery Video

Program Teachers

Picture of teaching staff for reading recovery program

Program Contacts

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Last Modified on November 29, 2021