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Program Description

Reading Recovery is a highly effective short-term intervention of one-to-one tutoring for low-achieving first graders

Program Rationale Statement

The goal of Reading Recovery is to dramatically reduce the number of first-grade students who have difficulty learning to read and write.

Identification Criteria

The Observation Survey of Early Literacy Achievement, a good predictor of success in learning to read and write, is given to all first grade students in Sheridan County School District #2. Reading Recovery serves the lowest-achieving first graders – the students who are not catching on to the complex set of concepts that make reading and writing possible.

Selection Process

The Reading Recovery teachers in each building meet with first grade classroom teachers, and often the building principal to select students. Since each teacher works with 4 students daily, the number of students served in each building is based on the number of Reading Recovery teachers in each building. After 12-20 weeks, the series of lessons is completed for the 4 students selected in the fall. Teachers then administer the Observation survey to students the classroom teachers feel are at-risk for learning to read and write and the lowest achieving students are selected for Reading Recovery.

Appeals Process

There is no appeal process. The lowest achieving students are served.