Reading Recovery

  • Reading Recovery is a highly effective short-term intervention of one-to-one tutoring for low-achieving first graders.  The intervention is most effective when it is available to all students who need it and is used as a supplement to good classroom teaching.

    Reading Recovery Teachers:
    Karen Athman
    320-274-8218 ext. 1148

    Melissa Fee
    320-274-8218 ext. 1150

    The goal of Reading Recovery is to dramatically reduce the number of first grade students who have extreme difficulty learning to read and write.

    Reading recovery serves low-achieving first graders—the students who are not catching on to the complex set of concepts that make reading and writing possible.

    Individual students receive a half-hour lesson each school day for 12 to 20 weeks with a specially trained Reading Recovery teacher.  As soon as students can meet grade-level expectations and demonstrate that they can continue to work independently in the classroom, their lessons are discontinued, and new students begin individual instruction.

    •    Since 1984, when Reading Recovery began in the United States, approximately 75% of students who complete the full 12 to 20 week intervention can meet grade-level expectations in reading and writing.  
    •    The few students who are still having difficulty after a complete intervention are recommended for further evaluation.

    History of Success
    Reading Recovery has a strong tradition of success with low-achieving children.  Developed in New Zealand in the 1970’s, Reading Recovery now also operates in most states in the United States, as well as other parts of the world.