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Reading Recovery: An Evaluation of the Four-Year i3 Scale-Up (Executive Summary)

This executive summary provides an overview of a four-year independent external evaluation of the impacts and implementation of the scale-up of Reading Recovery, a literacy intervention targeting struggling 1st-grade students.  The evaluation, conducted by the Consortium for Policy Research in Education (CPRE) at the University of Pennsylvania and the Center for Research in Education and Social Policy (CRESP) at the University of Delaware, was funded by an Investing in Innovation (i3) grant to The Ohio State University (OSU) from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Innovation and Improvement. The grant (Principal Investigator: J. D’Agostino; Co-Principal Investigator: E. Rodgers), which was awarded in 2010, totaled $45 million to cover the expansion of Reading Recovery around the U.S. An additional $10.1 million was raised from the private sector to support the scale-up. Of this total, $5 million was earmarked for the completion of this independent evaluation of the scale-up effort between 2011 and 2015.

Reading Recovery is implemented through the collaboration of a network that includes local schools, districts, UTCs, and in some cases state government entities. CPRE/CRESP's independent evaluation of the i3 scale-up of Reading Recovery provides a detailed exploration of the interaction of these collaborators, and of both the strengths of the Reading Recovery program and the challenges it faces. Many of these insights emerged over time, through multiple rounds of research.

The full research report, also available for free download, details the evaluation in greater depth devoting separate chapters to discussion of research methods and findings in a number of key areas.


Henry May, Philip Sirinides, Abigail Gray, Heather Goldsworthy

Publication Date

March 2016