What Works Clearing House

Reading Recovery Earns High Marks from What Works Clearing House

Reading Recovery received the highest marks from the What Works Clearinghouse, a division of the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences. Of the 153 beginning reading programs reviewed, only Reading Recovery was found to have positive effects across all four literacy domains and only Reading Recovery received the highest possible rating for general reading achievement.

The What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) released a 3-year independent review of the experimental research on Reading Recovery in March 2007. This authoritative, independent assessment clearly establishes that Reading Recovery is an effective intervention based on scientific evidence.

The WWC found that Reading Recovery has positive effects—the WWC’s highest rating—on students’ alphabetics skills and general reading achievement. They found potentially positive effects, their next highest level of evidence, on fluency and comprehension outcomes. See http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/interventionreport.aspx?sid=420 for details and select Beginning Reading, then Reading Recovery.