Response to instruction in language arts, first and second grade

The purpose of this study was to examine the effectiveness of a Response to Instruction program in first and second grade at one elementary school across a two-year period. Other studies have focused on an intervention program primarily with students that are struggling with reading. This study is different in that it analyzes the effects of this reading program with all students across two grade levels, not only those whose reading skills are below grade level. Students' reading scores from two district assessments will be examined to determine the effectiveness of this program. This study found that Response to Instruction increased students' reading skills through direct instruction, research-based reading programs, and grouping students with others that have similar reading abilities. This Response to Instruction program was found to have a positive impact on all ability levels of students across the two grade levels.