Spalding’s “The Writing Road to Reading” is one of the cornerstone programs at Saint Basil Academy
A recently completed four-year study by Arizona State University–Technology Based Learning & Research shows students using Spalding Education International’s “The Writing Road to Reading” had significantly higher achievement test scores when compared to those using mainstream reading programs.
The study started in the 2006-2007 school year and concluded with the 2009-2010 school year. It included 11 Arizona schools where an average of 1,000 general education kindergarten through third-grade students participated in each of the four years. Five experimental schools used ” The Writing Road to Reading ” (also referred to as The Spalding Method) and six control schools used one of two mainstream reading programs, published by Harcourt School Publishers or Houghton Mifflin. All students were tested three times annually on Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS).
The report states, “In each administration, Spalding students had consistently higher mean values on all DIBELS areas, which provides evidence that Spalding has been more effective than the methods used in the control schools to teach those reading skills.”