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A comparison of Reading Mastery Fast Cycle and Horizons Fast Track A-B on the reading achievement of students with mild disabilities

Cooke, N. L.; Gibbs, S. L.; Campbell, M. L.; Shalvis, S. L.
This study examined the effect of two Direct Instruction programs, Reading Mastery Fast Cycle and Horizons Fast Track A-B, on the reading achievement of students with mild disabilities. Horizons is a modified version of Reading Mastery and the article lists 17 common features of the development and construction of the programs and two differences. Thirty students and three teachers in three elementary schools participated in the study. Students ranged in grade level from the second to the fourth grade. Students were administered the Woodcock-Johnson Psychoeducational Battery-Revised and the North Carolina Literacy Assessment at the beginning and end of the school year for pretest and posttest measures.Results indicated both groups made significant gains in word attack, comprehension, letter and word identification, and phonemic awareness skills. These gains over time were significantly greater than national norms. Students in the Reading Mastery group recorded slightly higher scores on the measures of decoding, but these differences were not statistically significant. (Copyright © 2011, National Institute for Direct Instruction (NIFDI). All rights reserved).
Research areas:
Main publication type:
Program Effectiveness
Reading Mastery Fast Cycle; Horizons; reading; Hrzns; word attack; comprehension; letter identification; word identification; phonemic awareness skills; decoding; Woodcock-Johnson Psychoeducational Battery-Revised; North Carolina Literacy Assessment
Journal of Direct Instruction
Design type:
Cohort Control Group Norm Comparison Design
Fidelity monitored:
Students included:
Students with mild disabilities, students with learning disabilities, elementary students, students with behavioral-emotional disabilities, students with severe attention deficit disorder
Other tags:
Reading Mastery Fast Cycle, Horizons Fast Track A-B, reading, Woodcock Johnson Psychoeducational Battery
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