Valdosta Middle School
Corrective Reading Program
|In an effort to increase
students reading proficiency, Valdosta Middle School began implementing a commercially
available direct instruction program in 2000. The program, titled Corrective
Reading is distributed by SRA/McGraw-Hill.
The program has
been successfully implemented throughout the country. In this area, it has been
implemented in Lumpkin and Brantley counties.
Dr. John Hummel, a professor at Valdosta State University and a
certified Corrective Reading Coach, assisted in the implementation.
Features of the Corrective Reading program include:
- A cumulative program
design allows students to
build on what they've learned by applying skills and strategies in new and changing
- Tightly sequenced, scripted lessons provide
hard-to-teach students with structure to learn, practice, and master the essential
decoding and comprehension strategies.
- Placement tests allow students to enter the
program at the appropriate instructional level.
- Ongoing assessment enables the teacher to adjust
pacing, provide immediate feedback, and give meaningful reinforcement.
- The program has two levels students can go
through the levels separately or together.
- Flexible structure progresses from
teacher-directed structured lessons to less-structured independent work done by students.
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