Intervention: Corrective Reading
Corrective Reading is designed to promote reading accuracy (decoding), fluency,
and comprehension skills of students in third grade or higher who are reading
below their grade level. The program has four levels that address students'
decoding skills and six levels that address students' comprehension skills.
All lessons in the program are sequenced and scripted. Corrective Reading
can be implemented in small groups of four to five students or in a whole-class
format. Corrective Reading is intended to be taught in 45-minute lessons four
to five times a week. For the single study reviewed in this report, only the
word-level skills components of the Corrective Reading program were
One study of Corrective Reading met the What Works Clearinghouse
(WWC) evidence standards. This study included 79 third-grade
students in Pennsylvania.
The WWC considers the extent of evidence for Corrective Reading to be
small for alphabetics, fluency, and comprehension. No studies that met
WWC evidence standards with or without reservations addressed general
Corrective Reading was found to have potentially positive effects on
alphabetics and fluency and no discernible effects on comprehension.
1 The descriptive information for this program was obtained from publicly
available sources: the program's website (www.sraonline.com, downloaded
April, 2007) and the research literature (Torgesen et al., 2006). The WWC
requests developers to review the program description sections for accuracy
from their perspective. Further verification of the accuracy of the descriptive
information for this program is beyond the scope of this review.
2 The evidence presented in this report is based on available research.
Findings and conclusions may change as new research becomes available.
3 These numbers show the average and range of student-level improvement
indices for all findings in the study.
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