BOSTON — Oct. 6, 2014 — In classrooms across the country, instructional focus tends to lean more towards intervention rather than prevention—with teachers spending much of their time counteracting the effects of instructional gaps that their students face. In her recently released white paper, Elizabeth Brooke, Ph.D., Vice President of Education and Research for Lexia Learning, a Rosetta Stone Inc. (NYSE:RST) company, examines best practices for monitoring students’ reading progress and targeting skill gaps in grades K–2. Titled “Three Critical Success Factors for Reading Intervention and Effective Prevention,” the white paper also reviews critical instructional strategies that accelerate literacy development for on-level and struggling students in grades K–5.
The strategies described in “Three Critical Success Factors for Reading Intervention and Effective Prevention” are:
• Establish systems to help support students before they fail
• Utilize the appropriate assessments to identify which students may need help
• Structure effective intervention to target individual student needs
Dr. Brooke explains how the application of frameworks such as Response to Intervention (RTI) and Multi-Tier Systems of Support (MTSS) can seem to put an emphasis on struggling students, while emerging skills gaps for “on-level” students go mostly unnoticed. Dr. Brooke also discusses universal screening, progress monitoring and diagnostic assessment as effective methods to identify and regularly monitor student performance. Lastly, she examines crucial aspects of intervention that affect the structure and intensity levels of educators’ targeted instruction.
“Successful prevention and intervention requires a true understanding of student progress and the skills gaps that emerge throughout the year,” said Dr. Brooke. “With this knowledge, teachers can personalize instruction and target specific needs for each student—spending instructional time achieving and maintaining grade-level proficiency—rather than playing catch-up.”
A complimentary copy of “Three Critical Success Factors for Reading Intervention and Effective Prevention” can be downloaded at http://lexialearning.com/go/whitepaper-prevention-intervention-pr.
Dr. Brooke hosted a related webinar on September 18. To view the one-hour recorded session, interested educators can go to http://lexialearning.com/go/webinar-prevention-intervention-pr.
About Lexia Learning
Established with a promise to improve student literacy through the use of technology, today more than 1.6 million students are improving their reading proficiency with Lexia. A Rosetta Stone company, Lexia’s programs have been nationally recognized and proven effective in six peer-reviewed, research-based outcome studies published in scientific journals such as The Journal of Reading Research and the Bilingual Research Journal. For more information, visit www.lexialearning.com or call 1-800-435-3942.
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