Local governments can invest in this strategy using State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).
- This strategy can help address educational disparities. The U.S. Department of Treasury has indicated that strategies that help achieve this outcome are eligible for the use of Fiscal Recovery Funds.
- Investments in this strategy are SLFRF-eligible as long as they are made in qualified census tracts or are designed to assist populations or communities disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.
- Literacy program for struggling readers two or more years below grade level
- Draws upon auditory and visual aspects of literacy through specially designed curriculum
- Takes 5–9 months to complete, consisting of 140 lessons total
Evidence and impacts
Ranked as having the second-highest level of evidence by the U.S. Department of Education What Works Clearinghouse
- Positive effects on alphabetics
- Potentially positive effects on fluency and comprehension
- Improved alphabetics by an average of 18 percentile points
- Improved fluency by an average of 9 percentile points
- Improved comprehension by an average of 20 percentile points
Best practices in implementation
- Note: This content is under review
- Schedule enough time to cover the entire SpellRead program. Sessions should be scheduled on a regular and frequent basis
- Adhere to the program as designed, including limiting groups to five students sorted by reading ability
- Record student assessment data to monitor progress and guide lesson plans
- Provide teachers with sufficient training and support to build expertise in the SpellRead method