The cost for most English reading intervention programs is about $100-$250 per students per year. This may seem to be a usury licence fee that does not include teaching maternal, books, training, software, or teaching cost . $100 per student sounds like a bargain to help a child to read, but that fee is just to use what amounts to best practice. $4,000-$20,000 per class or $25,000-$75,000 for an average site or building licence starts to ad up for a cash strapped district. The licence fee is just the start so price and overall cost can range greatly based of teacher training, teaching materials, software, basils, workbooks and the cost of the teachers time. Reading intervention programs are a billion dollar industry in the US and gaining traction with a society that is less prone to value children's literacy. Most published reading programs have shown little statistical growth as compared with a motivated highly trained teacher using best practice. The Chicago Public School district will spend around $12,900,000 to implement a published reading intervention program 2010-2011. Finding actual real cost or cost benefit analysis is virtually impossible because of pricing structure that the publishers use to hide the real totals from public scrutiny.
THE STRANGE TRUTH BEHIND THE HIGH COST OF TESTING
Excerpt from Reading Between the Lines by Stephen Metcalf "And, not surprisingly, the Bush legislation has ardent supporters in the testing and textbook publishing industries. ...an executive for publishing giant NCS Pearson addressed a Waldorf ballroom filled with Wall Street analysts. According to Education Week, the executive displayed a quote from President-elect Bush calling for state testing and school-by-school report cards, and announced, "This almost reads like our business plan." The bill has allotted $387 million to get states up to speed; the National Association of State Boards of Education estimates that properly funding the testing mandate could cost anywhere from $2.7 billion to $7 billion. The bottom line? "This promises to be a bonanza for the testing companies," says Monte Neill of FairTest, a Boston-based nonprofit. "Fifteen states now test in all the grades Bush wants. All the rest are going to have to increase the amount of testing they do." Testing was already big business: According to Peter Sacks, author of Standardized Minds: The High Price of America's Testing Culture and What We Can Do to Change It, between 1960 and 1989 sales of standardized tests to public schools more than doubled, while enrollment increased only 15 percent. Over the past five years alone, state testing expenditures have almost tripled, from $141 million to $390 million, according to Achieve Inc., a standards-movement group formed by governors and CEOs. "
TESTING KIDS IS BIG $$$$$$$$$ MONEY!
What is the cost of most published reading interventions?
The WWC publishes intervention reports that evaluate research on adolescent literacy
curricula and instructional strategies for students in grades 4–12. These curricula and
strategies are intended to increase skills in alphabetics, reading fluency, comprehension,
and general literacy achievement.
All Interventions identified:
Adolescent Literacy (Count = 15)