Technology-supported three-tier reading instruction

Bette Chambers describes a three-tier ‘response to intervention’ program for struggling readers

THE READING ACHIEVEMENT of poor and minority children has changed little over the past decade. Several comprehensive school reform strategies have significantly improved reading performance at scale, but more effective models are necessary to offer educators tools capable of significantly reducing gaps in reading achievement. One important challenge for reform programs is to achieve greater consistency of effects across different school systems.

What we know
An integrated, technology-supported literacy program that has the potential to help all children learn to read includes these research-proven components:
● Core classroom instruction presented on interactive whiteboards;
● Computer-supported follow-up small-group remediation; and
● Computer-assisted one-to-one tutoring for the most severely struggling readers.

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November 2011