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Exemplary Center for Reading Instruction (ECRI)

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No. Studies
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Average Effect Size

Program Description

The Exemplary Center for Reading Instruction (ECRI) uses scripted, direct instruction to teach reading using a pattern of model, prompt, diagnose, correct, and assign guided and independent practice. In the qualifying study, paraprofessionals taught ECRI to struggling readers in small groups as Tier 2 teaching.

Program Outcomes

In a small study, students in ECRI were compared to control groups on KTEA-II. The effect size was +0.74, which qualified ECRI for the ESSA “Strong” category.

Staffing Requirements

One teacher for a typical class size of 20-25 students.

Professional Development/Training

ECRI seminars provide educators with a knowledge and ability to teach vocabulary, literal, interpretative, critical, and creative comprehension, study skills, and multiple reading strategies. Seminar participants are provided DVDs and ECRI scripted texts.

5-10 days, eight hours a day, one trainer for 25-30 educators


Typical projection requirements for participants to see and hear trainer well.