Intervention: Kaplan SpellRead
Kaplan SpellRead (formerly known as SpellRead Phonological Auditory
Training®) is a literacy program for struggling readers in grades 2 or above,
including special education students, English language learners, and students
more than two years below grade level in reading. Kaplan SpellRead
integrates the auditory and visual aspects of the reading process and
emphasizes specific skill mastery through systematic and explicit instruction.
The program takes five to nine months to complete and consists of 140
lessons divided into three phases.
Two studies of Kaplan SpellRead met the What Works Clearinghouse
(WWC) evidence standards. The two studies included 208 students
from first to third grades in Pennsylvania and in Newfoundland, Canada.
2 The WWC considers the extent of evidence for Kaplan SpellRead to
be small for alphabetics, fluency, and comprehension. No studies that met
WWC evidence standards with or without reservations addressed general
Kaplan SpellRead was found to have positive effects on alphabetics
and potentially positive effects on fluency and comprehension.
1 The descriptive information for this program was obtained from publicly
available sources: the program's website (www.spellread.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 across the studies.
Teachers, Parents and Administrators:
Please Give your Input on Kaplan SpellRead