Background on the Initiative
Reading Recovery is a highly effective short-term intervention of one-to-one tutoring for the lowest literacy achievers in Grade 1. The goal of Reading Recovery is to dramatically reduce the number of first-grade students who have extreme difficulty learning to read and write, and to reduce the cost of these learners to educational systems.
In the Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2009 (PL111-8) funding was provided for the "Reading Recovery Council of North America in 7th District, Ohio, Worthington, OH for an early literacy intervention program, including subgrants." This is funded under the Fund for the Improvement of Education (FIE) program.
The Reading Recovery Council of North America (RRCNA) worked closely with Ranking Members Hobson (OH-7) and Regula (OH-16), on the Committee on Appropriations, to gain this funding. This effort arose out of the original funding request proposed in FY2007 by Congressmen Strickland (OH-6) and Davis (IL-7). RRCNA, as the representative association, will utilize this funding to create professional development resources and initiatives that can be broadly accessed by teachers and school administrators to strengthen early literacy outcomes with students nationwide.