First graders who struggle with early reading and writing skills are provided extra support through the Reading Recovery Program. The students meet individually for 30-minute lessons with a highly trained Reading Recovery teacher daily for 12 to 20 weeks.
Tracee Farmer is the Reading Recovery Teacher Leader. The District has 17 Reading Recovery teachers and also provides training for several area school districts. Lessons are planned to build on the knowledge and strengths of each child.
There are over 100 research studies documenting the effectiveness of Reading Recovery as an early literacy intervention. Of the 153 different reading programs reviewed by the What Works Clearinghouse, only Reading Recovery had ‘strong evidence’ that it improved reading achievement. The goal is for children to reach first grade proficiency after completing the program. Students who do not reach the goal make gains and additional tutoring is provided to reach proficiency.