SIM PROGRAMS MEET WHAT WORKS CLEARINGHOUSE (WWC) "POTENTIALLY POSITIVE" EVIDENCE STANDARDS IN IES STRIVING READERS REPORT (NOV | 2015)
A new report finds that Xtreme Reading and SIM Learning Strategies Curriculum, separately, as shown by studies that meet What Works Clearinghouse evidence standards without reservations, have shown evidence of “potentially positive effects” on reading achievement for struggling adolescent readers. The WWC rating means at least one study of each program reported statistically significant positive effects.
The report, Summary of Research Generated by Striving Readers on the Effectiveness of Interventions for Struggling Adolescent Readers, was prepared for the IES’s National Center for Educational Evaluation and Regional Assistance. It reviewed studies of interventions tested during the Striving Readers initiative. Striving Readers grants were awarded in 2006 and 2009.
In regard to SIM programs, the authors found that two studies—one of Xtreme Reading and one of the SIM Learning Strategies Curriculum—reported statistically significant positive effects. A second study of Xtreme Reading reported effects that were not large enough to be considered significant under WWC criteria. In considering the implications of the report, its authors wrote: “This body of evidence substantially increases the amount of credible information available to district administrators trying to decide how to best meet the needs of struggling adolescent readers.”
Read the full report here, including background on the Striving Readers initiative, the review process, and conclusions for all Striving Readers interventions.