Annual Monitoring of Reading Recovery: 2014 Data Publications
This report presents data on state and state-integrated schools that offered Reading Recovery in 2014 and the students who received support from this intervention.
Author(s): Ministry of Education
Date Published: August 2016
Reading Recovery Outcomes
- Reading Recovery outcomes for students who exited the intervention in 2014 follow a similar pattern to previous years. The majority (79%) of students who exited Reading Recovery made accelerated progress and were successfully discontinued from the intervention. A further 13 per cent of students were referred on for specialist literacy support; five per cent left their school before completing their series of lessons and three per cent were unable to continue their lessons.
- The majority (93%) of successfully discontinued students were reading texts at, or above, the Turquoise level of Ready to Read (the New Zealand Curriculum Reading Standard for 'After two years at school') when they exited Reading Recovery. Almost three-quarters (71%) of these students had not yet completed two years of schooling when they exited Reading Recovery. These results should be interpreted with care as classroom teachers will use a range of evidence (not just the text levels) when making judgements about student achievement in relation to the Standards.
- Data collected from the Burt Word Reading Test and the Writing Vocabulary Task (Clay) provided additional evidence that overall, successfully discontinued students were reading and writing within the average band of performance expected for their age group when they exited the intervention.
- A greater proportion of girls, NZ Pākehā/European and Asian students, and students from decile 8 to 10 schools successfully discontinued their series of lessons than boys, Māori, Pasifika, and students from decile 1 to 3 schools. However, many students (ie, at least 72%) in these latter groups did achieve the levels required to successfully discontinue their Reading Recovery lessons.
Access to Reading Recovery
- In 2014 there were 1,446 Reading Recovery teachers in 1,215 schools delivering 502,217 hours of support to 10,876 students. Over the last decade, the proportion of six-year old students entering Reading Recovery has remained fairly stable, while the number of teachers and students has fluctuated. After years of gradually increasing, in 2014 the average hours of support per student decreased.
- Nearly two-thirds (62%) of state and state-integrated schools with six-year-old students offered Reading Recovery. About three-quarters (73%) of the total six-year-old population in state and state-integrated schools attended schools where Reading Recovery was offered.
- Out of the 10,7091 Reading Recovery students (where individual reports were provided), three-quarters (74%; n=7,942) of students attending state and state-integrated schools entered Reading Recovery for the first time. Twenty-three per cent (n=2,496) were carried over from 2013 and the remaining two per cent transferred from another school.
- A smaller proportion of lower decile schools implemented Reading Recovery than higher decile schools (53% for deciles 1 to 3 schools compared to 65% for decile 4 to 7 schools and 69% for decile 8 to 10 schools). However, lower decile schools that did offer Reading Recovery had proportionately more students enter the intervention than higher decile schools (16% for deciles 1 to 3 schools compared to 13% for decile 4 to 7 schools and 10% for decile 8 to 10 schools).
- The proportion of Māori students attending schools where Reading Recovery was offered (68%) was slightly lower than that of the total six-year-old population (73%). Similarly, the proportion of Pasifika students attending schools where Reading Recovery was offered (71%) was also slightly lower than that of the total six-year-old population (73%).
- Consistent with previous years, a higher proportion of Māori and Pasifika students from schools that did offer Reading Recovery were involved in the intervention than New Zealand European/Pākehā and Asian students.
- The Auckland region continued to have the lowest level of access for Pasifika students (65%) compared to other regions, despite nearly three-quarters (72%) of all Pasifika six-year-olds being enrolled in schools in the Auckland region. This trend has been observed in the data for some years.
- This figure excludes 167 students whose individual reports were unavailable.
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