Tuesday, October 16, 2012

More Research Needed on The Spalding Method® for Beginning Readers

There are many programs and instructional techniques for young readers that offer multifaceted approaches to learning. The Spalding Method®, a language arts program for grades K–6, aims to teach spelling, writing, and reading by using explicit, integrated instruction and multisensory techniques. A new report from the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) takes a closer look at the research on The Spalding Method® and reveals the need for more evidence.

The WWC identified 17 studies that investigated the effects of The Spalding Method® on beginning readers and none meet WWC evidence standards. Therefore, the WWC is unable to draw any conclusions based on research about the effectiveness or ineffectiveness of the program for beginning readers. More research is needed to determine if the program works for these students. Read the full report now at

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