Reading Recovery

Reading Recovery is a short-term, early intervention program designed to help the lowest-achieving first graders develop effective strategies for reading and enable them to read within the average range for first grade. Children are selected for participation in the Reading Recovery program through a combination of teacher judgment and independently administered assessments.

Students who participate in the Reading Recovery program receive an individual lesson for thirty minutes each day in addition to the regular classroom literacy instruction. The lessons are individually tailored to each student, and instruction is provided by a certified Reading Recovery teacher. Reading Recovery teachers have taken an additional year of professional coursework and participate in regular continuing education as long as they are involved in the program.

Reading Recovery students participate in the program for a period of 12 to 20 weeks. Students who successfully complete the program demonstrate evidence of independent strategic reading and are able to participate in classroom reading instruction at appropriate levels for their class. Then the program is “discontinued” for that student and another student enters the program.