Model Program

Failure Free Reading

140 W. Cabarrus Ave.
Concord, NC 28025
http://www.failurefreeonline.com

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Contact Information:
Dr. Joseph Lockavitch
Program Author/Company President
800.542.2170
info@failurefree.com

Program Specification:

Emphasis:

Gender:

Rating:

Intervention

Both

Strong Evidence of Effectiveness

Age/Grade Level:

Target Settings:

Target Groups:

Adult

Rural
Urban
Suburban
Inner City
Tribal

Individuals
Clusters/Groups

Ethnicity:

Other Participation Criteria:

All Ethnicities

Reading ability well below grade level

Description:

Failure Free Reading publishes language development-based reading interventions designed for special need population learners including at-risk, alternative education, special education, and other students who have not responded to regular or remedial instruction. The programs' unique non-phonic methodology rapidly builds comprehension, fluency and engagement for the very lowest-achieving learners, those who score from 0-15% on standardized reading tests. Daily multi-modal instruction (direct teacher-led lesson, talking software, and print reinforcement activities), in combination with age and developmentally appropriate content, enables these students to rapidly build self-efficacy and esteem. Students acquire Dolch and EDL Core Vocabulary in the context of simple stories they can comprehend and relate to. Failure Free's Secondary, Verbal Master, and Life Skills Solutions are appropriate for secondary age students reading at or below the 4th grade reading level.

Program Descriptors Include:
Academic Improvement, Alternative Education, Computer Assisted Instruction, Credit Recovery, Extended-School/Summer Program, Literacy Development, Students with Disabilities, Life Skills Training

Starting Date: 1988
Students Served Per Year: 500+
Last Verified: 2010

Risk Factors:

Protective Factors:

Program addresses the following:

Individual factors

  • High-risk social behavior
  • Lack of effort
  • Low commitment to school
  • Misbehavior
  • Early aggression

Family factors

  • Low socioeconomic status

Program promotes the following:

Competence

  • Social competencies
  • Self efficacy

Optimism

  • Optimistic

Program Resources:

Annual Cost:

The annual cost range of the program is less than $25,000 or less than $500 per student.

Funding Sources Include:

Program Staff Includes:

Federal Agencies
State Agencies
Local/City/County Agencies
School Districts

Teachers

Materials Used:

Supporting / Partner Organizations:

Instructional Texts/Manuals
Computer/Internet Based

Unspecified

Evaluation Information:

In quality design research studies, including 8 journal publications, Failure Free Reading has produced 1 grade level gains in reading comprehension in approximately 50 hours of instruction, and 3+ grade level gains in a school year. The program's unique language-based methodology rapidly builds fluency, confidence, and esteem for students used to years of frustration and academic failure.

How evaluation data was collected:
Unspecified

Additional Evaluation Information:
http://www.failurefreeonline.com/n/research