WWC Summary of Evidence for this Intervention

Read Well®

Read Well® is a reading curriculum to increase the literacy abilities of students in kindergarten and grade 1. The program provides instruction in phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, comprehension, and fluency. Students are given opportunities to discuss the vocabulary concepts that are presented in each story. The program is based on the tenets of scaffolded instruction, where teachers begin by presenting models, and gradually decrease their support by providing guided practice, before students are asked to complete the skill or strategy independently. For example, the student and teacher read new text aloud, with the teacher reading the difficult or irregular words. As student skills (and motivation) increase, the amount of teacher-read text decreases, and the student is given greater independence. The program combines daily whole class activities with small group lessons.

Reviewed Research

July 2007

As of July 2007, no studies of Read Well® were found that fell within the scope of the Beginning Reading review protocol and met WWC evidence standards. Therefore, the WWC is unable to draw any research based conclusions about the effectiveness or ineffectiveness of Read Well® to improve outcomes in this area.

June 2010
Studies meeting standards Grades
Students Improvement
English language development Potentially positive effects 1 study meets standards 1 34
Frasco, R. D. (2008) 1 34
Reading achievement No discernible effects 1 study meets standards 1 34 --
Frasco, R. D. (2008) 1 34 --

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