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Failure Free Reading
Beginning Reading

Failure Free Reading was found to have no discernible effects on alphabetics and fluency, and potentially positive effects on comprehension.

Failure Free Reading is a language development program designed to improve vocabulary, fluency, word recognition, and reading comprehension for students in kindergarten through grade 12 who score in the bottom 15% on standardized tests and who have not responded to conventional beginning reading instruction. The three key dimensions of the program are: 1) repeated exposure to text, 2) predictable sentence structures, and 3) story concepts that require minimal prior knowledge. The program combines systematic, scripted teacher instruction; talking software; workbook exercises; and independent reading activities.

Findings

1
studies that met standards out of
1
eligible studies reviewed
Outcome Domain Effectiveness Rating Grades Improvement Index
Alphabetics No discernible effects 3 --
Comprehension Potentially positive effects 3
 
 
10
Reading fluency No discernible effects 3 --

Last Updated: July 2007

Race

Black
22%
White
78%

Gender

Male: 55%
Female: 45%

Free & Reduced-Price Lunch

47%

Delivery Method

whole class icon
Individual

Locations

PA
Northeast


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This intervention report was prepared for the WWC by American Institutes for Research under contract ED-02-CO-0022.

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