Research has shown that a child's instruction should be individualized based on their needs. It’s also clear from the research that if a child is not hitting their target outcomes, they require additional support immediately, not after they fail. Learning Ovations’ work is based on this research and offers kindergarten through third grade teachers professional development specifically relating to individualizing instruction for their classrooms. A teacher’s classroom is further augmented by software developed by researchers to algorithmically calculate a student’s literacy expectations and instruction requirements, and then alert the teacher if a child is not meeting their academic potential.
Using this methodology, researchers found in seven randomized controlled studies that 94% of students learned how to read by the end of third grade. They also found that 75% of students learned to read at advance or proficient levels, compared to a 34% national average, and that students left the third grade reading on average at a 5th grade level. Isn’t it time we leave the “try it and see” method behind and focus on true research based solutions to solving the literacy crisis in this country?
Learn more from Education Week’s article Early Grades Crucial in Path to Reading Proficiency