Reading Recovery provides early intervention to help the lowest-achieving first grade children to develop effective strategies for reading and writing and to reach average levels of classroom performance. The goal of Reading Recovery is to help children become successful readers and writers with internal, self-extending literacy learning systems. The following key elements of Reading Recovery operate within educational systems:
- Intensive daily one-to-one instruction for first-grade children most at risk of reading failure
- A yearlong training course and continuing professional development through which Reading Recovery educators learn and continue to explore proven, research-based theory and procedures
- Research and evaluation to monitor results and provide support for participating educators and institutions
- A long-range plan to chart the course toward full implementation and literacy for all children
The mission of Grand Forks Public Schools Reading Recovery is to create self-extending first grade readers and writers through expert, responsive, one-to-one, individualized intervention by highly qualified Reading Recovery teachers. We prevent literacy failure by supporting specialized and continuous professional development that results in strong teaching to improve student achievement.
We open doors to a literate future for children who initially struggle in learning to read and write.
Frequently Asked Questions
Reading Recovery is one-to-one individualized teaching, provided by a highly qualified teacher with extended literacy study; on-going professional development for teachers; supplementary to good classroom instruction; for first grade, lowest acheiving readers only; evidence-driven teaching to continuously monitor children's progress; a short-term early intervention that prevents further difficulties in literacy; a long-term commitment for school districts to serve the lowest achieving first graders.
Reading Recovery students are selected on achievement criteria only; they are the lowest achievers in the age group. Children in various racial and ethnic groups, English language learners and children with low family incomes all benefit from Reading Recovery.
Reading Recovery provides early intervention to help first grade student having extreme difficulty learning to read and write. Highly qualified teachers design individualized lessons to develop reading and writing strategies and accelerate achievement, allowing these students to catch up to their average-achieving classmates.
A full lesson series lasts between 12 and 15 weeks, with 20 weeks at the maximum. During this time 75% of students reach grade-level standards. For students who do not reach grade-level standards, the lessons serve as a period of diagnostic teaching that can assist appropriate school staff in planning future learning opportunities
Reading Recovery children continue to improve their literacy performance after the intervention ends. Follow-up studies in the United States demonstrate that former Reading Recovery students in grades 2, 3, and 4 perform within an average range of classroom performance. The continued success of former Reading Recovery students is dependent on quality classroom instruction.