Closing the Reading Gap: An Evaluation of Power4Kids

Prepared For

U.S. Department of Education

The Smith Richardson Foundation

This evaluation assessed the effectiveness of parts or all of four widely used programs for elementary school students with reading problems: Corrective Reading, Failure Free Reading, Spell Read P.A.T., and Wilson Reading.

Schools across the country spend significant funds and resources on programs, products, and services that aim to improve reading skills. Yet there is little research evidence on what interventions work best, and for whom.

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