Welcome to the National Institute for Direct Instruction
The National Institute for Direct Instruction (NIFDI) is the world's foremost Direct Instruction (DI) support provider. This website provides information and resources for administrators, teachers, and parents to help them maximize student achievement through DI. The website also contains information on DI's extensive and broad research base, including a searchable database of more than one hundred article summaries.
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Direct Instruction (DI) programs are based on over 40 years of research on how children learn and the most effective ways to teach. Studies involving DI curricula and its implementation have been conducted with a wide variety of populations, in different settings and within all subject areas related to the programs. As such, the volume of research on DI is expansive. The National Institute for Direct Instruction (NIFDI) makes this extensive research base more accessible to educators and researchers through a free online searchable database of over 200 entries.
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NIFDI's Office of Research and Evaluation has issued a review of the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) report on Reading Mastery (RM) and Learning Disabled students. As you will see in the review, the office has concluded that there was serious misrepresentation of the articles included in the study. One actually showed that students studying with RM had significantly greater gains than students in national and state norming populations. Because the gains were equal to students in Horizons (another DI program), the WWC concluded that RM had no effect. The other study involved giving an extra 45 minutes of phonics related instruction to students studying RM. The WWC interpreted the better results of the students with the extra time as indicating potentially negative effects of RM. The first part of the attached report gives details on these studies and the misinterpretations.
In addition, the review ignored the vast amount of literature that is available regarding the effectiveness of RM and other Direct Instruction programs with learning disabled and other special education students. The second two parts of the report include reviews of much of this other literature.
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How to Ensure Success
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The services and implementation materials provided by the National Institute for Direct Instruction (NIFDI) provide schools and districts with a strong basis for implementing the comprehensive Direct Instruction (DI) model successfully with all children. However, a successful implementation requires much more than the services NIFDI provides. What a school does with the services makes the biggest difference.