Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Reading Program: Failure Free Reading

Reading Program Overview

Intervention: Failure Free Reading

Failure Free Reading is a language development program designed to improve
vocabulary, fluency, word recognition, and reading comprehension for
kindergarten through grade 12 students who score in the bottom 15% on
standardized tests and who have not responded to conventional beginning
reading instruction. The three key dimensions of the program are repeated
exposure to text, predictable sentence structures, and story concepts that
require minimal prior knowledge. The program combines systematic,
scripted teacher instruction, talking software, workbook exercises, and
independent reading activities. The program is delivered through small
group or individual instruction.


One study of Failure Free Reading met the What Works Clearinghouse
(WWC) evidence standards. This study included 93 students from third
grade in Pennsylvania.

The WWC considers the extent of evidence for Failure Free Reading to
be small for alphabetics, fluency, and comprehension. No studies that met
WWC evidence standards with or without reservations addressed general
reading achievement.


Failure Free Reading was found to have no discernible effects on alphabetics
and fluency, and potentially positive effects on comprehension.

1 The descriptive information for this program was obtained from publicly
available sources: the program's website
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.

Teachers, Parents and Administrators:
Please Give your Input on Failure Free Reading

WWC is an initiative of the U.S. Department of Education's

Institute of Education Sciences, the WWC:

Produces user-friendly practice guides for educators that address
instructional challenges with research-based recommendations for
schools and classrooms; Assesses the rigor of research evidence
on the effectiveness of interventions (programs, products, practices,
and policies), giving educators the tools to make informed decisions;

Develops and implements standards for reviewing and synthesizing
education research; and

Provides a public and easily accessible
to assist schools, school districts, and program
developers with designing and carrying out
rigorous evaluations.

All reports are reprinted from the
US Department of Education website
WWC for informational purposes.
Complete Reports Can Be Found

1 comment:

  1. Reading Program Reviews
    Please Give Ratings For
    Reading Comprehension
    Reading Fluency
    Reading Program Effectiveness
    Reading Program Research
    Alphabetics Effectiveness
    Reading Exams or State Assessments Results


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