Children gained an average of 2 years in reading age after 120 trainertext visual phonics lessons, in an independent academic trial.
Randomized control trial of the Easyread visual phonics system
The Open University collected data on Easyread in six London schools between October 2011 and June 2013, through a randomized control trial (RCT). The trial was managed by Professor David Messer with the assistance of Dr Gilly Nash. Results show that children who were on average 2 years behind in reading age caught up to the national standard within 120 lessons. That’s an average gain of 2 years reading age in around 6 months of daily lessons.
You can see the published article in the Journal of Research in Reading. It was shortlisted for a prize for exemplary academic research!
Huge gains are replicated, from Phase to Phase 2
In the first year, the Easyread Group achieved the national standard in reading for their age after doing around 120 lessons (4-6 months). Meanwhile the Control Group continued their reading plateau. In Phase 2, the Control Group learners started the Easyread intervention. After 6 months, the Control group had done around 50 lessons and caught up to reading age expectation. These kinds of results are nearly unparalleled in the field.
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