Intervention: Read, Write & Type!™
Read, Write & Type!™ Learning System is a software program with
supporting materials designed to teach beginning reading skills by
emphasizing writing as a way to learn to read. The program was
developed for six- to nine-year-old students who are just beginning
to read and for students who are struggling readers and writers. The
main goal of Read, Write & Type!™ is to help students develop an
awareness of the 40 English phonemes and the ability to associate
each phoneme with a letter or a combination of letters and a finger
stroke on the keyboard. Other goals of the program include identifying
phonemes in words and fluency in sounding out, typing, and reading
regularly spelled words.
One study of Read, Write & Type!™ met the What Works
Clearinghouse (WWC) evidence standards. The study included
150 students from first grade in five elementary schools.
The WWC considers the extent of evidence for Read, Write & Type!™
to be small for alphabetics and comprehension. No studies that met WWC
standards with or without reservations addressed fluency or general
Based on the one study, Read, Write & Type!™ was found to
have potentially positive effects on alphabetics and no discernible
effects on comprehension. Findings on fluency and general reading
achievement were not reported in the study.
1 The evidence presented in this report is based on available research.
Findings and conclusions may change as new research becomes available.
2 These numbers show the average and range of improvement indices for
all findings across the study.
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