60% of state schools in NSW are still using Reading Recovery

Filling the pail

I asked New South Wales’ Centre for Education Statistics and Evaluation (CESE) for some data on the proportion of government schools that are still using Reading Recovery. I had seen a figure of around 60% in the press but wondered whether this was up-to-date, especially since a number of reports have recently been released. It looks like it is spot-on:

“As at February 2016, approximately 1000 NSW government schools with primary-aged student enrolments implement Reading Recovery. This represents a percentage of approximately 60% of eligible schools (ie Primary and Central Schools). Please note: This figure does not include Catholic & Independent schools that use Reading Recovery”

Why does this matter?

Reading Recovery is an expensive intervention because it involves one-to-one tuition. It evolved out of a ‘whole language’ approach to teaching reading. We now know that whole language is flawed, with various national reports finding in favour of systematic synthetic…

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