WWC Summary of Evidence for this Intervention

Open Court Reading©

Open Court Reading© is a reading program for grades K–6 that is designed to teach decoding, comprehension, inquiry, and writing in a three-part progression. Part One of each unit, Preparing to Read, focuses on phonemic awareness, sounds and letters, phonics, fluency, and word knowledge. Part Two, Reading and Responding, emphasizes reading literature for understanding, comprehension, inquiry, and practical reading applications. Part Three, Language Arts, focuses on writing, spelling, grammar, usage, mechanics, and basic computer skills.

Reviewed Research

October 2014
Studies meeting standards Grades
Students Improvement
Comprehension Potentially positive effects 1 study meets standards 1-3 679
Borman, G. D., Dowling, N. M., & Schneck, C. (2008) 1-3 679
Reading achievement Potentially positive effects 1 study meets standards 2-3 434
Skindrud, K., & Gersten, R. (2006) 2-3 434
December 2005

As of December 2005, no studies of Open Court Reading© were found that fell within the scope of the Early Childhood Education review protocol and met WWC evidence standards. Therefore, the WWC is unable to draw any research based conclusions about the effectiveness or ineffectiveness of Open Court Reading© to improve outcomes in this area.

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