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About Response to Intervention

Research on Read Right Reading Intervention Program Receives High Marks from RTI Review Team

A research review team with the National Center for Response to Intervention (NCRTI) has completed its review of gold-standard research examining the Read Right Reading Intervention Program and the review has resulted in exceptionally high marks for that research.

NCRTI uses a “bubble” system (full, half-full, and empty bubbles, with full bubbles being the best rating) to help schools quickly and efficiently evaluate the reliability of research conducted with intervention programs. Research pertaining to the Read Right Reading Intervention Program in the context of its effectiveness with comprehension is one of the few reading intervention programs for Grades 3 through 12 to recieve three full bubbles and one half bubble, an extraordinary result.

The Read Right Reading Intervention Program is a highly effective small-group tutoring program (one tutor working with up to five students) appropriate for Tier 2 and Tier 3 struggling readers. It is available in two formats:

  1. We provide intensive, hands-on training for your teachers and/or aides at your school sites, enabling schools to provide expert-level tutoring for students as part of the daily curriculum. We also offer a train-the-trainer option that will enable your school or district to grow the program at-will.
  2. We also provide direct tutoring services to schools through our live and interactive Online Tutoring Service, featuring trained and certified Read Right tutors.

Read Right methodology allows schools to provide individualized tutoring for every struggling reader, delivering 50- to 55- minutes of daily intervention integrating highly effective strategies: formative assessment, guided practice, exposure to all kinds of literature, and more. Our training program includes a comprehensive assessment system, so you will be able to monitor individual student and overall program progress monthly and at the end of the year.

Significantly improving the reading ability of your students will help your school make annual yearly progress and achieve the Common Core Standards for English/Language Arts in three significant areas:

  1. Standards
  2. How Read Right Meets the Common Core Standards
  3. Budget Sources

Reading Requirements

Staircase Complexity

Read Right uses a “staircase” approach to address reading problems. Every student in a Read Right program begins where ever they are in their reading development. Students in the Intervention Program are assessed for entry level reading ability and begin to work immediately with text at that level. As they master text complexity with lower level material (including expansion of vocabulary, the accurate anticipation of meaning and the related language, and the ability to comprehend more complex text), they move progressively into higher levels of text, until the reading problem is completely eliminated.

Diverse Array of Literature

Read Right uses diverse sources of literature in both the Intervention Program and the Primary Core Curriculum. In our Intervention Program, as soon as entry level reading ability is established, students are assigned a set of books at a level intended to help them experience early success. The Intervention Program library includes at least 700 books and 300 recorded selections. Each library is customized for schools, with every book carefully selected to help students build knowledge, gain language, and explore perspectives.

Critical Types of Content

Every Read Right library includes works of fiction and non-fiction. The Primary Core Curriculum library (K-3) includes popular children’s fiction, as well as fun books about animals, bugs, the weather, the world of work, a variety of cultures, and more. The Read Right Intervention Program library (3-12) includes similar books plus popular classics, historical non-fiction, works from science, social studies, and more. A few of the many titles: The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Red Badge of Courage, Sala’s Gift (a holocaust story), Aztec Life, and Nuclear Disaster at Chernobyl. Individuals profiled in the Read Right Intervention Program’s many historical biographies include Ben Franklin, Harriet Tubman, and Eleanor Roosevelt. Books like Heroes and Rescued include 21 stories each on famous people from all walks of life and their acts of bravery.
Reading Requirements:

Speaking & Listening Requirements

Increasingly complex information

By design, both the Primary Core Curriculum and the Read Right Intervention Program compel students to grow in listening skills, text analysis, and critical thinking, including the ability to accurately comprehend what they are hearing (when books are read aloud to students) and reading and the ability to convey verbally the meaning of what they have heard or read. From the beginning, every Read Right student listens to text being read to them and participates in checks for accurate understanding. Through a system of guided practice, students read aloud to the tutor, and errors in pronunciation or comprehension receive immediate student-centered instruction.

One-on-one discussion

During both the Primary Core Curriculum and the Intervention Program, students are called upon individually to read aloud to the tutor, a strategy which assists significantly with speaking skills as it builds confidence and provides opportunities to correct issues related to student pronunciations, cadence, and timing. Students participate in this one-on-one system of on-going language and comprehension checks until excellent reading develops.

Small group discussions

In the Intervention Program, one day a week Read Right students work on a supplementary reading and critical thinking activity in small groups. During these student-led discussions, participants read short passages of text and a set of questions requiring critical thinking. Students must choose an answer for each question and defend their answers to the group. The activity frequently results in lively student discussion, with students helping each other improve critical thinking skills.

Language Requirements

Grow vocabulary

Read Right builds vocabulary (words and phrases) in a manner similar to how young children acquire language in the home: hearing language and correctly using language with ever increasing complexity. Rather than provide students with lists of isolated words and requiring memorization in an artificial context, Read Right students read a passage of text in the context of a complete story. As these reads occur, tutors check for student comprehension. When students do not understand a word or phrase, a one-on-one language acquisition discussion occurs.

Prepare students for real-life experiences

“Real-life” experiences require students to use printed and spoken language in what becomes every-day contexts. In the K-12 classroom, students use reading skills to read instructions, books, textbooks, and tests. They will grow up to use their reading skills to read fiction, non-fiction, academic texts, literary works, political essays, technical instructions, articles, blogs, legal documents, and more. Read Right methodology is designed to help students learn to read “from meaning” each and every time they read. This means that Read Right graduates develop a neural network to guide the process of reading that automatically connects with their ever-increasing knowledge of the world with the printed messages that authors intend to convey. When this kind of automaticity happens, readers develop a pattern of using reading to grow their own vocabulary and accurately constructing meaning from text each and every time they read. This kind of excellent reading ability will help students be successful with reading throughout life.

Integrated use of vocabulary and conventions

In every Read Right program, “excellent reading ability” means that students consistently read with comfort, full comprehension, and aloud in a manner that sounds like conversational speech (appropriate cadence with no errors or unnatural pauses). The Read Right Primary Core Curriculum and Intervention Program are specifically designed to foster reading excellence. When students become truly excellent readers, they take with them the understanding of what is required to produce excellence as writers, speakers, or listeners. Every day in a Read Right program, students are intensively exposed to meaningful language that is conveying an authentic message. There are no artificial activities or exercises that could create the possibility that students would fail to integrate vocabulary and conventions appropriately.
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Budget Sources

  • Professional Development
  • School Improvement
  • Response to Intervention
  • Special Ed
  • Title I
  • English Language Learners
  • Curriculum Materials
  • Other Materials
  • Equipment


The program is unbelievable. My son has very limited language ability. He doesn’t speak a lot. He has read silently for a long time, but he doesn’t like to verbalize it. Now that he’s in Read Right, he willingly reads out loud. Read Right has improved his speech ability, his reading ability and his socialization. I have kids coming up to me and telling me that they see him in their class and they like him and he is doing well. This is something I have never experienced in his whole school career. It’s changed his life. He’s a part of Dillingham [elementary school] because of this program.

— Jayna H, speaking of her autistic son —