The effectiveness of reading intervention: outcomes of students at-risk for reading failure

Proficient reading ability has been identified as one of the most important skills children will learn during their school years. When children fail to become proficient readers they are at-risk of falling behind in school. Learning to read is a complex challenge that requires the acquisition of a specific set of skills and developmental abilities such as attention, memory, language, and motivation. Struggling readers may fail at the basic reading skills such as decoding, fluency, comprehension, and vocabulary acquisition. This deficit interferes with their ability to retain text and understand the meaning of grade level material. Research findings have shown that reading ability can be improved with effective reading ~ intervention programs. Using an effective, Direct Instruction reading intervention program, I will show that there is an improvement in the reading skills of the students in this study. KEYWORDS: at-risk, direct instruction, RTI models, reading intervention