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Start Making a Reader Today® (SMART®)
Beginning Reading

Start Making a Reader Today® was found to have potentially positive effects on alphabetics, fluency, and comprehension.

Start Making a Reader Today® (SMART®) is a volunteer tutoring program for students in grades K–2 who are at risk of reading failure. The program is designed to be a low-cost, easy-to-implement intervention. Volunteer tutors go into schools where at least 40% of students are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch and read one-on-one with students twice a week for 30 minutes. Typically, one volunteer works with two students on four types of activities: reading to the student, reading with the student, re-reading with the student, and asking the student questions about what has been read. The program also gives each student two new books a month to encourage families to read together.

Findings

1
studies that met standards out of
1
eligible studies reviewed
Outcome Domain Effectiveness Rating Grades Improvement Index
Alphabetics Potentially positive effects 1-2
 
 
16
Comprehension Potentially positive effects 1-2
 
 
13
Reading fluency Potentially positive effects 1-2
 
 
18

Last Updated: June 2007

Race

Asian
6%
Black
30%
Native American
10%
White
47%

Ethnicity

Hispanic
6%
Not Hispanic
94%

Gender

Male: 48%
Female: 52%

Delivery Method

whole class icon
Individual

Locations

OR
West


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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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