Reading Recovery, a tutorial program for first graders, costs the Madison, Wisconsin school district $1.5 million a year or about $8,400 per successful participant. The program “does not achieve statistically significant achievement gains,” according to a report commissioned by the superintendent, Art Rainwater. Here’s the headline from The Isthmus:
Reading program not worth the cost, says new study
Remedial effort for struggling first-graders is faulted; Rainwater pledges that it will continue
School Information System reports on a Madison school with a successful reading program called Direct Instruction, which provides a script for teachers and uses phonics. It’s cheaper than Reading Recovery and reaches all students.
Here’s a link to a presentation on Direct Instruction.