Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Reading Program: Reading Mastery/SRA/McGraw-Hill

Reading Mastery/SRA/McGraw-Hill

Reading Mastery1 is a direct instruction program designed to provide explicit, 
systematic instruction in English language reading. Reading Mastery is available
in two versions, Reading Mastery Classic levels I and II (for use in grades K–3)
and Reading Mastery Plus, an integrated reading-language program for grades 
K–6. The program begins by teaching phonemic awareness and sound-letter 
correspondence and moves into word and passage reading, vocabulary 
development, comprehension, and building oral reading fluency. Later lessons
continue to emphasize accurate and fluent decoding while teaching students
the skills necessary to read and comprehend and to learn from expository text.
Lessons are designed to be fast-paced and interactive. Students are grouped 
by similar reading level, based on program placement tests. The program includes
placement assessments and a continuous monitoring system. Although not 
designed exclusively for English language learners, Reading Mastery can be 
used with this group of students.

Reading Program Research

One study of Reading Mastery met the WWC evidence standards.2 This 
study included both English language learners and English speaking students
in grades K–4 in Oregon. The investigators used the Reading Mastery program 
as a supplement to normal reading instruction for Spanish speaking students
who were markedly behind expected reading achievement. The WWC reports 
only the outcomes pertaining to the English language learner subsample.

Reading Program Effectiveness

Reading Mastery was found to have potentially positive effects on
the reading achievement of English language learners.

1 This program is sometimes known as Direct Instruction using the Reading Mastery 
texts or SRA Direct Instruction—Reading Mastery.
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 improvement indices for all 
findings across the study.
4 Due to a very small sample size, these results should be interpreted with caution. 
See the WWCReading Mastery Technical Appendices for further details.

Teachers, Parents
and Administrators:
Please give your input on Reading Mastery

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


Reading Program Overview

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