Reading Recovery is a research-based, short-term early intervention program for first grade students experiencing extreme difficulty learning to read and write. Based on the work of Marie Clay, students meet daily for thirty minutes with a highly trained teacher. During each one-on-one session, the student:
- Rereads the previous day’s book while the instructor conducts a running record
- Receives relevant word study instruction
- Is introduced to and reads a new book.
The goal of Reading Recovery is to reduce the number of children experiencing difficulty with reading and writing and in turn, reduce the amount of dollars spent on long-term remediation of these students. Children usually spend a period of 12-20 weeks in Reading Recovery and are released from the program when they meet grade level expectations.