Photo: First Grade Reading Recovery students celebrating their achievements at Anthon-Oto’s Title 1 Tea Party in May.

Early Impact Results from the External Evaluation of the i3 Scale-Up of Reading Recovery

In 2011-2012, the Consortium for Policy Research in Education conducted a large-scale randomized evaluation of the impacts of the i3 Scale-Up of Reading Recovery. Below is a synopsis of results from the analysis of impacts on student performance on the nationally-normed ITBS Reading test.
• This research design meets the highest criteria for rigorous research defined by the What Works Clearinghouse.
• Results reveal highly statistically significant positive effects on students’ ITBS raw scores in reading and comprehension. The average impact on ITBS Reading raw scores was .55 standard deviations. The average impact on ITBS Comprehension raw scores was .63 standard deviations.
• The estimated impacts from this study are considerably larger than those typically produced by educational interventions.

The impacts of Reading Recovery from this study were as much as 5.7 times larger than the average effects of Title I programs. In this study, the effects of Reading Recovery translate to a rate of learning that is between 120 percent and 166 percent greater than the typical rates of learning for first graders.

Reprinted with permission from "Reading Recovery Site Report," Aug. 2014