WWC Summary of Evidence for this Intervention

Start Making a Reader Today® (SMART®)

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.

Reviewed Research

June 2007
 
Outcome
domain
Effectiveness
rating
Studies meeting standards Grades
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Students Improvement
index
Alphabetics Potentially positive effects 1 study meets standards 1-2 84
 
 
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Baker, S., Gersten, R., & Keating, T. (2000) 1-2 84
 
 
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Comprehension Potentially positive effects 1 study meets standards 1-2 84
 
 
13
Baker, S., Gersten, R., & Keating, T. (2000) 1-2 84
 
 
13
Reading fluency Potentially positive effects 1 study meets standards 1-2 84
 
 
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Baker, S., Gersten, R., & Keating, T. (2000) 1-2 84
 
 
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