Corrective Reading


Corrective Reading Decoding programs help students who have trouble identifying words, who don’t understand how the arrangement of letters in a word relates to its pronunciation and whose reading rate is inadequate.

Corrective Reading Comprehension programs help readers who do not follow instructions well, lack vocabulary and background knowledge needed to understand what they read, and have poor thinking skills.

Direct Instruction combines three distinctive elements:

  1. A carefully developed and tested program design structured so that students learn how to learn as they master increasingly complex skills and strategies.
  2. A scripted presentation approach that uses a brisk pace, carefully chosen exercises and examples, and other special presentation techniques to engage even reluctant learners.
  3. Complete learning materials, including student books, workbooks, and teacher presentation books and guides that provide everything from placement tests to a management system that rewards hard work. This system helps change student attitudes about learning.

This program performs turnarounds by providing the kind of practice that:

  • Carefully builds competency. Skills are broken down into small steps that can be easily taught, followed by plenty of opportunities to apply what students have learned in new and changing contexts.
  • Leaves no one behind. The Direct Instruction method compels all students to participate. Teachers are able to adjust pacing and develop confidence as students build skills.
  • Provides strong reinforcement. Students who perceive reading, math, or writing as difficult often fail. Direct Instruction programs include a point system based on realistic goals to reward hard work and improved behavior.

EXCERPTED From: SRA Corrective Reading Series Guide

DIRECT INSTRUCTION IS RESEARCH PROVEN (with 40 years of data behind it!).

Many programs claim to be “Research Based”. Direct Instruction, however, is “Research Proven”. The difference between “research based” and “research proven” is that “research based” programs have components that have been proven to be effective in teaching something – usually reading. For example, phonemic awareness (understanding that words are made up of sounds) has been consistently shown to be an indicator of the rate at which a student will learn to read. You may hear of a program that claims to be “research based” because they include some parts/activities that have been shown to be effective. Programs that are “research proven” have demonstrated that the program, in its entirety, is effective in improving student performance.