Reading Recovery fails too many students every year
Professor James Chapman, Massey University
https://nzareblog.wordpress.com/2019/08 ... -recovery/
Over 1,000 6-year old students were failed by Reading Recovery in 2017. They were “unrecovered”. This failure rate has been remarkably stable for at least 18 years, probably longer.
Ministry of Education data presented in the annual National Monitoring reports for Reading Recovery show remarkably similar patterns of achievement year in and year out. Every year for nearly two decades (possibly longer) over a thousand NZ children don’t benefit from participation in the Reading Recovery programme. They are unrecovered and “referred on” for further help.
Honesty is needed about who is likely to benefit from Reading Recovery and who isn’t
Reading Recovery needs to be transparent about the children who are likely to benefit from the programme. It needs to be honest about the fact that many children simply will not benefit because the programme is unable to meet their needs. It needs to drop the claim that the programme acts as an “insurance against later literacy difficulties”. Reading Recovery does no such thing.
Reading Recovery should be replaced
Reading Recovery is out of date. It needs changing to reflect new knowledge about how children learn to read. Or it should be dropped altogether.
We know so much about reading instruction methods nowadays - including those that are damaging children's reading profiles and potential - that it is arguably immoral for the Reading Recovery programme to continue being utilised.
Professor James Chapman is a founding committee member of the International Foundation for Effective Reading Instruction:
https://iferi.org/team-members-profile/ ... ew-Zealand