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National Center on RTI Reviews & Rates Research on Read Right Highly

In July 2011, the National Center on Response to Intervention published its expert review of an independent study examining the effectiveness of the Read Right Reading Intervention Program, implemented by teachers and aides at four middle and high schools in Omaha, NE. The National Center's experts gave the Read Right study RTI's highest marks in three out of four categories and the second highest rating in the fourth.

The independent scientific investigation of Read Right tutoring was conducted by Education Northwest. Rather than focus on word identification, the study focused on comprehension. Education Northwest found an exceptionally high rate of effectiveness with the Read Right Reading Intervention Program, delivered via small-group, individualized tutoring. The average effect size was .23 after just one semester. The average effect size for African American students as a sub-group was even higher: .34.

Read Right Tutoring Out-Performs ALL 21 Striving Readers Projects

The effect sizes determined in the Education Northwest study for two out of the four schools out-performed all of the Striving Readers projects studied from 2006 to 2010. Additionally, Read Right students received one semester of intervention, whereas Striving Readers students received one full year. A third Read Right school out-performed 18 out of 21 project sites with only one semester of intervention. Compare:

Study Results Listed by Highest Effect Size to Lowest Effect Size

  1. 1 SEMESTER of Read Right tutoring (Test Instrument: Gates-MacGinitie) in Omaha, NE School #2 (effect size: .58). Average hours of Read Right tutoring: 21
  2. 1 SEMESTER of Read Right tutoring (Gates-MacGinitie) in Omaha, NE School #1 (effect size: .42). Average hours of Read Right tutoring: 22
  3. 1 Year of Xtreme Reading Strategic Instruction (GRADE) in Portland, OR middle schools (effect size: .29)
  4. 1 Year of Read 180 (CAT) in an Ohio Corrections program for high school students (effect size: .26)
  5. 1 SEMESTER of Read Right tutoring (Gates-MacGinitie) averaged in ALL FOUR Omaha, NE Middle & High Schools (effect size: .23)
                 Also reported by Education Northwest: Achieved by chance: p=.000
                 All African American Students as a sub-group: .34 effect size; achieved by chance: p=.007
  6. 1 Year of Read 180 in Ohio Youth Corrections high school facilities (effect size: .22)
  7. 1 SEMESTER of Read Right tutoring (Gates-MacGinitie) in Omaha, NE School #3 (effect size: .21). Average hours of Read Right tutoring: 14
  8. 1 Year of Striving Readers English/LA in a Chicago, IL middle school (effect size: .17)
  9. 1 Year of Learning Strategies Curriculum in Danville, KY high schools (effect size: .12)
  10. 1 Year of DRP/Strategies for Literacy Independence across the Curriculum in San Diego, CA middle schools (effect size: .12)
  11. 1 Year of  Xtreme Reading Strategic  Instruction (OAKS) in Portland, OR middle schools (effect size: .12)
  12. 1 Year of Xtreme Reading (GRADE) in a Portland, OR high school (effect size: .12)
  13. 1 Year of Read 180 (SDRT-4) in a Springfield/Chicopee high school (effect size: .11)
  14. 1 Year of Learning Strategies Curriculum in Danville, KY middle schools (effect size: .08)
  15. 1 Year of Achieving Maximum Potential in a Chicago, IL middle school (effect size:  .07) 
  16. 1 Year of Strategies for Literacy (CST ELA) in a San Diego, CA high school (effect size:.05)
  17. 1 Year of Strategies for Literacy (DRP) in a San Diego, CA high school (effect size: .05)
  18. 1 Year of Strategies for Literacy Independence Across the Curriculum (CST ELA) in a San Diego, CA middle school (effect size: 04)
  19. 1 Year of Read 180 (SAT10Voc) in a Newark, NJ middle school (effect size: .04)
  20. 1 Year of Read 180 (SAT10Comp) in a Newark, NJ middle school (effect size: .04)
  21. 1 Year of Read 180 (SAT10LA) in a Newark, NJ middle school (effect size: .03)
  22. 1 Year of Xtreme Reading (OAKS) in a Portland, OR high school (effect size:.02)
  23. 1 Year of Xtreme Reading(SDRT-4) in a Springfield/Chicopee high school (effect size: .02)
  24. 1 Year of Read 180 (ITBS) in a Memphis, TN middle school (effect size: -.04)
  25. 1 Year of Read 180 (TCAP) in a Memphis, TN middle school (effect size: -.07)
  26. 1 SEMESTER of Read Right tutoring (Gates-MacGinitie) in Omaha, NE School #4 (effect size: -.19). Average hours of Read Right tutoring: 17

Sources:
Abt Associates (2010; updated 2011): Summary of 2006 Striving Readers Projects: Implementation and Evaluation of Targeted Interventions for Struggling Readers and  
         Whole School Interventions for All Readers: Years 1-3

Scott, Nelsestuen, Autio, Deussen, and Hanita (2010): Evaluation of Read Right in Omaha Middle and High Schools, Education Northwest, Portland, OR

What is "Effect Size" and Why is it Significant?

According to Robert Coe, University of Durham, effect size is "simply a way of quantifying the size of the difference between two groups. It is easy to calculate, readily understood and can be applied to any measured outcome in Education or Social Science. It is particularly valuable for quantifying the effectiveness of a particular intervention, relative to some comparison." The higher the effect size, the more significant the result. Effect sizes provide a quick way to compare results. 

Is it Appropriate to Compare Effect Sizes from Two Different Studies?

Yes. Effect sizes are designed to be compared from study to study.

Why Don't All of the Read Right & Read 180 Schools Achieve the Same Result?

Excellent question. No one can know for sure. A common explanation is that implementation varies from school to school. That is why researchers like to average results. The average effect size of all four of the Read Right project sites combined was an impressive .23. This is particularly significant because the duration of Read Right tutoring at each study site was only one semester. Students in all of the Striving Readers Project schools received the targeted reading interventions for one school year. With an effect size of .23 and only one semester of intervention, Read Right tutoring worked better than all of the reading intervention programs funded under the federal Striving Readers Project.

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