WWC Summary of Evidence for this Intervention

Read Naturally®

Read Naturally® is an elementary and middle school supplemental reading program designed to improve reading fluency using a combination of books, audiotapes, and computer software. The program has three main strategies: repeated reading of text for developing oral reading fluency, teacher modeling of story reading, and systematic monitoring of student progress by teachers and the students themselves. Students work at a reading level appropriate for their achievement level, progress through the program at their own rate, and, for the most part, work on an independent basis. Read Naturally® can be used in a variety of settings, including classrooms, resource rooms, or computer or reading labs. Although the program was not originally developed for English language learners, additional materials for these students are currently available.

Reviewed Research

July 2013
 
Outcome
domain
Effectiveness
rating
Studies meeting standards Grades
examined
Students Improvement
index
Alphabetics No discernible effects 2 studies meet standards 3 264 --
Christ, T. J., & Davie, J. (2009) 3 106 --
Kemp, S. C. (2006) 3 158 --
Comprehension Potentially negative effects 4 studies meet standards 2-4 439
 
 
0
Arvans, R. (2010) 2-4 82 --
Christ, T. J., & Davie, J. (2009) 3 105 --
Hancock, C. M. (2002) 2 94 --
Kemp, S. C. (2006) 3 158
 
 
0
Reading achievement Potentially positive effects 2 studies meet standards 2-4 126
 
 
9
Arvans, R. (2010) 2-4 82 --
Heistad, D. (2008) 3 44
 
 
13
Reading fluency Mixed effects 4 studies meet standards 2-4 440 --
Arvans, R. (2010) 2-4 82 --
Christ, T. J., & Davie, J. (2009) 3 106
 
 
14
Hancock, C. M. (2002) 2 94 --
Kemp, S. C. (2006) 3 158 --
July 2010
 
Outcome
domain
Effectiveness
rating
Studies meeting standards Grades
examined
Students Improvement
index
English language development No discernible effects 1 study meets standards 3 39 --
Kemp, S. C. (2006) 3 39 --
Reading achievement No discernible effects 2 studies meet standards 2-5 99 --
Denton, C. A., Anthony, J. L., Parker, R., & Hasbrouck, J. E. (2004) 2-5 60 --
Kemp, S. C. (2006) 3 39 --
July 2010
 
Outcome
domain
Effectiveness
rating
Studies meeting standards Grades
examined
Students Improvement
index
Reading fluency No discernible effects 1 study meets standards 4-6 20 --
Chenault, B., Thomson, J., Abbott, R. D., & Berninger, V. W. (2006) 4-6 20 --
Writing achievement Potentially positive effects 1 study meets standards 4-6 20
 
 
13
Chenault, B., Thomson, J., Abbott, R. D., & Berninger, V. W. (2006) 4-6 20
 
 
13

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