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Read Well®
English Language Learners

Read Well® was found to have no discernible effects on reading achievement and potentially positive effects on English language development for elementary school English language learners.

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.


studies that met standards out of
eligible studies reviewed
Outcome Domain Effectiveness Rating Grades Evidence Tier
English language development Potentially positive effects 1
Reading achievement No discernible effects 1

Last Updated: June 2010


Male: 59%
Female: 41%

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Note: This summary only includes data from studies that reported sample information. The Intervention Report may include evidence from other studies that met standards, but did not report sample information.

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