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Independent Evaluations

In 2006, we began a roll-out of Empower™ Reading: Grades 2-5, Decoding and Spelling in partnership with six school districts.  Now, more than 30 school districts in Ontario, and across Canada have implemented the program, and starting in 2016, the program is being used in India and the New Haven, Connecticut. More than 1400 teachers have been trained and have implemented the program with more than 20,000 students.

Several of these school boards have conducted independent evaluations of the program’s effectiveness and have reported very promising results.  As depicted in the graphs below, Empower™ Reading: Decoding and Spelling, Grade 2-5 module has had a positive effect on students’ literacy development in these community schools.

The Waterloo Region District School Board evaluated the effectiveness of Empower™ Reading: Decoding and Spelling, Grades 2-5 on 162 struggling readers in their district. Substantial progress in the reading skills of the students (as measured using running record levels) was found as a result of participation in our one-year intervention program.

The Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board chose to use Empower™ Reading: Decoding and Spelling, Grades 2-5 primarily with their struggling readers in grade 2. Using standardized measures of reading achievement  (Woodcock-Johnson III Tests of Achievement, Woodcock, McGrew & Mather, 2001), they found that the students who received all 110 lessons of the program showed significant improvement in their ability to read words, decode nonsense words and understand text.

The following data, shared by the Avon Maitland District School Board, looks at the reading skills of students one year after completing the Empower™ Reading: Decoding and Spelling program. These results show that after participating in the program, the reading skills of students (as measured using running record levels) continued to improve suggesting the students’ ongoing successful application of the skills and strategies learned.

Source:  Woodcock, R. W., McGrew, K. S., & Mather, N. (2001b). Woodcock-Johnson III Tests of Achievement. Itasca, IL: Riverside Publishing.