Annual Monitoring of Reading Recovery: 2009 Data Publications
This report presents data on state and state-integrated schools that offered Reading Recovery in 2009, and the students who received support from this intervention. In general, the results for 2009 were consistent with trends observed in previous years.
Author(s): Megan Lee, Research Division, Ministry of Education.
Date Published: October 2010
This report presents data on state and state-integrated schools that offered Reading Recovery in 2009, and the students who received support from this intervention. In general, the results for 2009 were consistent with trends observed in previous years. The key findings are as follows:
- In 2009, two-thirds (67%) of all state and state-integrated schools offered Reading Recovery (compared with 66% in 2008 and 67% in 2007). As a result, Reading Recovery was accessible to 77 percent of the total six-year-old population (slightly higher than 76% in both 2008 and in 2007).
- There were more students in Reading Recovery during 2009 (11,085 students) than there were in 2008 (10,774 students). This shift in student numbers is attributable to an increase in the number of students who were carried over from 2008 (relative to the number of students who were carried over in previous years). Consistent with previous years, 14 percent of six-year-old students attending state and state-integrated schools entered Reading Recovery in 2009.
- Reading Recovery was more widely available in high decile schools. However, where offered, lower decile schools provided Reading Recovery to proportionately more students.
- Consistent with trends observed in previous years, boys, and Māori and Pasifika students were more likely to be involved in Reading Recovery than girls, and Asian and New Zealand European/Pākehā students. Despite this, access to Reading Recovery was slightly lower for Māori (71%) and Pasifika (74%) students. This is because Reading Recovery is not offered in some schools with high numbers of Māori and Pasifika students.
- Similar to the patterns observed in previous years, more than half (58%) of all students in Reading Recovery in 2009 had successfully discontinued their series of lessons by the end of the year, while a further quarter (24%) were expected to continue their lessons in 2010. One in ten (10%) students were referred on for specialist help or long-term reading support. The remaining students either left their school before completing the intervention (5%), were unable to continue (1%) or had missing outcome information (1%).
- Girls, students from high decile schools, and Asian and New Zealand European/Pākehā students were more likely to have successfully discontinued their series of lessons in 2009 than boys, students from lower decile schools, and Māori and Pasifika students. In saying that, many students in these latter groups did in fact achieve the levels required to successfully discontinue their Reading Recovery lessons.
- Upon exit from Reading Recovery, the majority of successfully discontinued students (88%) were reading at the New Zealand Curriculum Reading Standard for "After two years at school" (Turquoise level of Ready to Read). The standard has been designed to be used for all children after two years at school at age seven. The range of ages of students in Reading Recovery who successfully complete their series of lessons will mainly fall between the ages of six and seven years of age. These results should be interpreted with care as classroom teachers will use a range of evidence when making judgements about student achievement in relation to the Standards.
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