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2 – 5

QuickReads — Struggling Readers

Essa Rating
No. Studies
No. Students
Average Effect Size

Program Description

QuickReads is a supplemental program for struggling readers that provides tutoring to pairs of upper-elementary children. The process is now also being disseminated as Tutoring with ThemeReads. The tutoring focuses on repeated reading, letters and sounds, and comprehension. Tutors are mostly instructional aides. Note that the commercially available program is offered for groups of up to 20 at a time, but evidence only supports the one-to-two tutoring version, provided four days a week for 30 minutes a day over periods of around 20 weeks.

Program Outcomes

QuickReads has been evaluated in three studies and all three found positive effects on measures such as the GORT and Woodcock (effect size = +0.21). These outcomes qualify QuickReads for the ESSA “Strong” category, and for a “Solid Outcomes” rating (effects of at least +0.20 in two or more studies)

Staffing Requirements

Adoption requires tutors able to provide the program.

Professional Development/Training

In the research studies the tutors received one half day of training, with modeling and practice, and regular coaching as needed. The Intervention kit includes a professional development DVD.


CD and/or DVD player for Savvas version. Computer and broadband for ThemeReads’ version.