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The Evidence Is Clear - Our Outcomes Are Exceptional 

It's a fact: When students' foundational reading skills are firmly in place, they benefit from better word-level reading, improved reading accuracy, increased reading rate, confidence, and, ultimately, reading comprehension. For students of all ages, strong foundations result in an ability to tackle complex content area reading and success on standardized tests.  

Off the charts impact in Pawhuska

The “zone of desired effects” when it comes to impacting student achievement is 0.4–1.2. When the effect sizes of implementing Really Great Reading were calculated, they exceeded the desired effects—literally off the chart! We know our programs are different and better, but you don’t need to take our word for it. Read through our data summaries to see the substantial gains students in various settings have made implementing Really Great Reading’s programs.

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Last week I began teaching Phonics Boost to a 54-year-old guy who says he got off track with reading when his teacher said there were 5 vowels and then began to name them…. He admits that he never really learned to read, but he did manage to memorize a few words – just enough to get by.We began the Boost lessons last week and got through Lesson 6 this morning. He is doing great! … This morning [he] told me that this is the first time in his life that he feels proud of himself.

— Karen C., Dyslexia Specialist

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A third-party research group examined in two distinct studies whether students who used Really Great Reading Instruction improved literacy outcomes for elementary school students in an urban school district and a large public school district during the 2022/2023 school year. 

Key Findings from Study 1 

1st -3rd grade students had significantly higher mid-year reading scores.

ESSA Evidence Level II Research

Key Findings from Study 2 

Kindergarten students had significantly higher end-of-year composite reading, letter naming, and nonsense word fluency scores.

ESSA Evidence Level II Research

In a short period of time, we have improved outcomes for children and have the data to prove it! This implementation is closing the achievement gap in our district. Our children are reading and being successful. The training provided my teachers with a solid foundation – they were able to come back the very next day and begin implementing this program successfully to change the lives of children…We are a Phonics Suite school!

— Rick H., Superintendent

Improving Reading Skills in a Small, Rural Elementary School

Santaquin Elementary School is a small, rural elementary school in Santaquin, Utah. About five years ago, the Nebo School District recognized that many students in the district were reading below grade level. To help evaluate the impact of RGR’s programs in this school, SEG compared the beginning and end of year DIBELS Scores for Santaquin first graders using paired sample t‐tests. Both the overall (Composite Score) and Oral Reading Fluency scores were examined.

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I’m using your program in some of my 2nd and 3rd grade interventions, and we’re having fantastic results! The vast majority of our kids are reading with at least 97% accuracy

— Stacey B., Content Leader

A third-party research group examined the impact of usage of Really Great Reading’s instructional programs on student literacy outcomes for elementary school students in two public school districts during the 2022/2023 school year in two distinct studies.

Key Findings from Study 1

2nd - 5th grade students had increased reading scores by the end of the year.  

ESSA Evidence Level III Research

Key Findings from Study 2

Kindergarten students had increased middle-of-year reading scores.

ESSA Evidence Level III Research

I wanted to keep you updated on our progress with our implementation. I was at Kendrick Lakes last week for their data team discussion and student progress reporting. In just three weeks of instruction, their 4th grade groups have doubled their WCPM and increased their accuracy significantly with similar trends in the other grade levels! Stein is reporting similar performance across their building as well... Of course they shared this growth at our last area principal/coach meeting. All of a sudden, the other three schools that have been a tad sluggish in getting after implementation are now chomping at the bit to do a better job.

— Melody I., Literacy Coordinator

Helping Struggling Readers in a Title One Elementary School

Hector A. Cafferata, Jr. Elementary School faced a significant challenge, with large numbers of struggling readers. Recognizing the need for a single, effective solution, Cafferata implemented the Really Great Reading’s (RGR) programs in grades K-5 during the 2017-2018 school year. Students in grades 1-5 showed substantial improvement in reading skills. Students in grades 1 and 2 showed particularly large gains, with average increases of more than 100 points on the STAR. Students in grades 3-5 also showed substantial gains of between 75 and 90 points on the STAR.

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I am doing your program with a 3rd grader…. At first his accuracy scores flat lined below 90%.  Now they are usually in the Way to Go section. [I] showed his mom the history of his chart.  [It] was powerful....right around September you could see a huge jump.  They had parent conferences in November. For the first time ever, she had wonderful reports of how well [her son] is doing. [We] were high fiving each other and "dancing round the kitchen." His reading teacher came to observe me the other week and was amazed at the difficulty of the words he was decoding.  She said she would have to think about this as she now believed that she hasn't been challenging him enough.

— Sue G.

A third-party research group created a logic model for Really Great Reading's instructional programs, outlining participant reach, activities, outputs, and outcomes. The study assessed the correlation between Really Great Reading's implementation, teacher knowledge, instruction, and student literacy outcomes.

Key Findings

This study demonstrated a rationale by providing a detailed logic model informed by previous, high-quality research.

ESSA Evidence Level IV Research


Teachers regularly share success stories, demonstrating the effectiveness of Really Great Reading's programs. Our ESSA Level II certification and case studies confirm that Countdown, Blast Foundations, HD Word, and Phonics Boost significantly improve foundational reading skills for both young and older struggling readers.

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