Reading Recovery: A Failed Investment
However, recent studies in three countries have provided strong evidence that Reading Recovery does not have significant positive effects in the medium or long-term. An Australian study showed a negative effect of participation in the program two years later.
Despite the lack of evidence supporting a sustained positive impact of Reading Recovery, many schools and school systems continue to invest heavily in it. This comes at a high cost both to education budgets and to the children who do not benefit from the program, and would have achieved better outcomes with a more effective intervention.