Journal/Book/Conference Title Title
Journal of Reading Recovery
The Standards and Guidelines of the Reading Recovery Council of North America (1998) clearly explains the rationale for selection of children for Reading Recovery with a quote from Marie Clay. "Reading Recovery is designed for children who are the lowest achievers in the class/age group. What is used is an inclusive definition. Principals have sometimes argued to exclude this or that category of children or to save places for children who might seem to “benefit the most,” but that is not using the full power of the program. It has been one of the surprises of Reading Recovery that all kinds of children with all kinds of difficulties can be included, can learn, and can reach average- band performance for their class in both reading and writing achievement. Exceptions are not made for children of lower intelligence, for secondlanguage children, for children with low language skills, for children with poor motor coordination, for children who seem immature, for children who score poorly on readiness measures, or for children who have...been categorized by someone else as learning disabled." (Clay, 1991, p. 60)
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Original Publication Date
UNI ScholarWorks, University of Northern Iowa, Rod Library
©2001 Salli Forbes. The copyright holder has granted permission for posting.
Forbes, Salli, "Selecting English Language Learners for Reading Recovery" (2001). Curriculum & Instruction Faculty Publications. 28.