Why didn’t we know sooner?
Education Week reports (subscription?) that a new report from the federal What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) shows a long-standing program for reading, “Reading Mastery,” is not effective for the learning disabled students who use it.
Worse, the program seems to have negative effects for learning disabled students in some areas of reading development such as “Alphabetics,” which most of us might call phonics. If so, Reading Mastery, which is widely used in all 50 states, could be doing more harm than good for these special reading-challenged students.
However, there is more to the story than what EdWeek covers.