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Concerns Raised Over Reading Recovery’s Long-Term Effects

May 20, 2022

A widely used, and initially successful, intervention for struggling beginning readers may hurt students’ reading growth in the long run, a new study finds. Reading Recovery was considered one of the breakout stars of the federal Investing in Innovation program, after a massive randomized controlled study found the literacy program helped struggling 1st graders gain significant ground in reading. But new findings from a longitudinal follow-up of the program suggest that by 3rd and 4th grades, former Reading Recovery students performed significantly worse than their peers who did not participate in the program. Read More