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Limited Evidence Programs

Program Ratings

Limited Evidence of Effectiveness: Strong Evidence of Modest Effects

Rating Program Type Description Contact / Website
limited evidence Open Court Reading Curr* Basal textbook that uses scripted phonics lessons E-mail: mhls_ecommerce_custserv@mcgraw-hill.com
Website: www.sraonline.com/oc_home.html
Limited Evidence of Effectiveness: Weak Evidence with Notable Effects
Rating Program Type Description Contact / Website
limited evidence Carbo Reading Styles IP An approach for adapting reading strategies to students’ diverse learning styles E-mail: readingstyle@nrsi.com
Website: www.nrsi.com/our_research_carbo_reading.html
limited evidence Exemplary Center for Reading Instruction (ECRI) IP A professional development program that emphasizes individualized instruction, positive reinforcement, and constant assessment of children’s mastery levels. E-mail: ereid@xmission.com
Website: www.ecri.cc
limited evidence Fast ForWord CAI Computerized program designed to strengthen memory, attention, and mental processing. Website: www.scilearn.com
limited evidence Lightspan CAI A technology application that provides parents with Sony Playstations and digital video multi-players linked to their televisions, and then uses linked instructional software in both home and school. E-mail: ar@plato.com
Website: www.plato.com/Elementary-Solutions.aspx
limited evidence Literature-Based Program IP A reading approach that supplements traditional basal textbooks with extensive literature in many genres, independent reading and writing periods, directed reading/listening thinking activities, read-aloud sessions, and classroom literacy centers.
E-mail: lmorro@rutgers.edu
limited evidence My Reading Coach CAI Reading software that focuses on phonics, word structure, vocabulary, and comprehension. E-mail: mail@mindplay.com
Website: www.myreadingcoach.com
limited evidence OpenBook to Literacy CAI A software program that uses a combination of voice, text, pictures, video, and graphics to teach reading in a self-paced individualized format, as a supplement to classroom instruction. E-mail: Sales@openbooksoftware.com
Website: www.openbooklearning.com
limited evidence PALS IP A technique in which children work in pairs, taking turns as teacher and learner, to learn a structured sequence of literacy skills, such as phonemic awareness, phonics, sound blending, passage reading, and story retelling. E-mail: pals@vanderbilt.edu
Website: kc.vanderbilt.edu/pals
limited evidence QuickReads Curr A supplementary program designed to increase fluency, build vocabulary and background knowledge, and improve comprehension. E-mail: quickreads@textproject.org
Website: www.quickreads.org
limited evidence Reader’s Theater IP A cooperative learning method designed to enhance students’ reading by having them read the scripts of plays. Complete contact form at: http://scholastic.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/scholastic.cfg/php/enduser/ask.php
Website: www.teacher.scholastic.com/products/instructor/readerstheater.htm
moderate evidence Reciprocal Teaching IP An instructional strategy in which students work in small groups to help one another generate their own questions about a text they are reading, summarize parts of the text, clarify word meanings and confusing text passages, and predict what might come next.

E-mail: annemari@umich.edu

limited evidence Strategy Instruction (Belgian Model) IP Belgian strategy instruction program that focuses cognitive and metacognitive skills such as summarization, graphic organizers, and prediction to help students comprehend text. E-mail: Hilde.Vankeer@ugent.be
limited evidence Student Success Skills IP A small group counseling intervention in which counselors use a structured approach emphasizing achievement in academic, social, and self-management skills. E-mail: sssaec@aol.com
Website: www.studentsuccessskills.com/
limited evidence Thinking Maps IP A program that teaches students to use graphic organizers to help them understand concepts. E-mail: office@thinkingmaps.com
Website: www.thinkingmaps.com

Curr=Reading Curriculum; CAI=Computer Assisted Instruction; IP=Instructional Process Program.

Evidence Rating:

See Review Methods for an explanation of Ratings.

limited evidenceLimited Evidence of Effectiveness: Strong Evidence of Modest Effects

limited evidenceLimited Evidence of Effectiveness: Weak Evidence with Notable Effects

*With additional time and training


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