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Success for All®
Beginning Reading

SFA® had positive effects on alphabetics, potentially positive effects on reading fluency, and mixed effects on comprehension and general reading achievement for students in grades K–4.
Success for All (SFA®) is a whole-school reform model (that is, a model that integrates curriculum, school culture, family, and community supports) for students in prekindergarten through grade 8. SFA® includes a literacy program, quarterly assessments of student learning, a social-emotional development program, computer-assisted tutoring tools, family support teams for students’ parents, a facilitator who works with school personnel, and extensive training for all intervention teachers. The literacy program emphasizes phonics for beginning readers and comprehension for all students. Teachers provide reading instruction to students grouped by reading ability for 90 minutes a day, 5 days a week. In addition, certified teachers or paraprofessionals provide daily tutoring to students who have difficulty reading at the same level as their classmates.

Findings

9
studies that met standards out of
49
eligible studies reviewed
Outcome Domain Effectiveness Rating Grades Improvement Index
Alphabetics Positive effects K-4
 
 
9
Comprehension Mixed effects K-4 --
Reading achievement Mixed effects K-4 --
Reading fluency Potentially positive effects K-4
 
 
12

Last Updated: March 2017

Race

Black
32%
White
14%
Not specified
52%

Ethnicity

Hispanic
37%
Not Hispanic
62%

Gender

Male: 50%
Female: 49%

Free & Reduced-Price Lunch

60%

English Learners

English Learners icon
14%

Urbanicity

Urban


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This intervention report was prepared for the WWC by Mathematica Policy Research under contract ED-IES-13-C-0010.

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