The purpose of this project is to evaluate the effects of a program called Reading RULES. Reading RULES was developed at the Children’s Learning Institute for first-grade students who are at risk for reading difficulties or disabilities in both word reading and comprehension. Students who do not learn to read adequately in the early grades typically have persistent reading difficulties. Potential persistent reading problems may be prevented or their severity reduced if they are addressed aggressively and early. Reading RULES provides carefully-sequenced instruction in word reading, fluency, vocabulary, listening comprehension, and reading comprehension, combining whole-class mini-lessons in comprehension and vocabulary with supplemental small-group Tier 2 intervention for the students in the classroom who are most at-risk for reading difficulties.
Approximately 96 first-grade classrooms will participate in this research project. The study will focus on five first-grade students from each classroom who are at risk for reading difficulties, as well as five students in the same classrooms who are not at-risk for reading difficulties. Teachers and their classrooms will be randomly assigned to use Reading RULES for 20 weeks or to continue their typical reading instruction and interventions, and the reading development of students in the two groups will be compared. Students will be assessed before, during, and after intervention and in second grade to determine whether students who receive Reading RULES have better reading outcomes than those in the comparison classrooms.
The study is being conducted in schools in the greater Davis, California area and in the greater Houston, Texas area.