More growth than the average student.
Using structured literacy, the average student increased their scores by 0.89 grade levels compared to the 0.66 grade levels accomplished by an average student during the same time frame.
Reading benchmarks reached in 6 months.
Students are expected to improve three to five benchmark levels within one year. Our students averaged more than six benchmark levels within six months. (Scores were measured by the Fountas & Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System.)
Higher increase in reading grade levels for students with risk factors.
Risk factors decrease a student’s ability to learn in a typical classroom by 10% per risk factor. Of the three main risk factors for reading failure (ESL, poverty, and dyslexia), seven students had one risk factor, five had two risk factors, and two had three risk factors. In a typical classroom, these students would be expected to grow less than the average student. However, when these students were taught using the U.R.A. Reader program, their growth over a 6-month period was much higher.