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Sound Partners
Beginning Reading

Sound Partners was found to have positive effects on alphabetics, fluency, and comprehension and no discernible effects on general reading achievement on beginning readers.

Sound Partners is a phonics-based tutoring program that provides supplemental reading instruction to elementary school students grades K–3 with below-average reading skills. The program is designed for use by tutors with minimal training and experience. Instruction emphasizes letter–sound correspondences, phoneme blending, decoding and encoding phonetically regular words, and reading irregular high-frequency words. It includes oral reading to practice applying phonics skills in text. The program consists of a set of scripted lessons in alphabetic and phonics skills and uses Bob Books beginning reading series as one of the primary texts for oral reading practice. The tutoring can be provided as a pull-out or after-school program or by parents who homeschool their children.

Findings

7
studies that met standards out of
11
eligible studies reviewed
Outcome Domain Effectiveness Rating Grades Improvement Index
Alphabetics Positive effects K-1
 
 
21
Comprehension Potentially positive effects K-1
 
 
21
Reading achievement No discernible effects 1 --
Reading fluency Positive effects K-1
 
 
19

Last Updated: September 2010

Race

Asian
11%
Black
17%
White
48%
Not specified
41%

Ethnicity

Hispanic
14%
Not Hispanic
85%

Gender

Male: 57%
Female: 42%

Free & Reduced-Price Lunch

50%

English Learners

English Learners icon
25%

Delivery Method

whole class icon
Individual

Urbanicity

Urban

Locations

NE, WA
Midwest, West


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This intervention report was prepared for the WWC by Mathematica Policy Research under contract ED-07-CO-0062.

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