Research

50 Years of Success. One Powerful Curriculum. A Lifetime of Literacy.

With a legacy of success spanning over 50 years, Open Court Reading is backed by research into how students learn to read. Yet, the program continues to evolve to meet the rigorous and changing demands of today’s classrooms, as well as the ever-changing needs of students and teachers alike.

With success stories across the country, Open Court Reading has touched thousands of students across all levels of literacy to build strong readers, writers, and thinkers.

Meets Top Tiers of ESSA Criteria

The What Works Clearinghouse™ (WWC) report from 2014 details two studies of the core literacy program Open Court Reading. This evidence-based report examined two studies which meet Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) criteria, one meeting Tier 1 (Strong Evidence) criteria while the other meeting Tier 2 (Moderate Evidence) criteria. ​

Summary of Findings (October 2014)

  • Studies conducted and cited in this report met WWC design standards and comprised a total of 1,113 students in grades 1 through 3 located in six states.​
  • With regards to effectiveness, the report states: "Open Court Reading was found to have potentially positive effects on general reading achievement and comprehension for beginning readers."​
  • Skindrud and Gersten (2006) found an average improvement index of +12 in general reading achievement. Borman et al. (2008) found an average improvement index of +10 in comprehension. These improvement indices show the expected percentile gain of the average student due to the intervention and usage of Open Court Reading​.

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