Reading Recovery

Welcome to Reading Recovery!
¡Bienvenidos a Descubriendo la Lectura!

What is Reading Recovery?

Reading Recovery is a short term, first net intervention for first- time first graders who are experiencing extreme difficulty learning to read and write. Descubriendo la Lectura is the Spanish reconstruction of Reading Recovery to assist first-time first graders who are struggling to learn to read and write in Spanish. Reading Recovery / Descubriendo la Lectura is considered a supplement to good classroom instruction in literacy – not a substitute for it.

How are children selected for Reading Recovery?

One Reading Recovery teacher can usually meet the special literacy needs of two first grade classrooms by serving the 20 – 25% of children with the lowest literacy achievement in those classrooms. Students are selected for the intervention based on their scores on the six tasks of An Observation Survey of Early Literacy Achievement (Dr. Marie M. Clay) or the Instrumento de observacion de los logros de la lecto-escritura inicial (Dr. Kathy Escamilla, et. al.). These six tasks are: continuous reading of text, letter identification, reading a sight word list, writing vocabulary, hearing and recording sounds in words (phonemic awareness) and concepts about print. Only students with the lowest comparative literacy scores are selected for the intervention.

Who teaches Reading Recovery?

Reading Recovery and Descubriendo la Lectura teachers are highly trained specialists who design individual lessons for four children every day. Reading Recovery teachers provide each of these children with  one-on-one 30 minute teaching sessions. The daily individualized lessons are tailored to each child’s unique profile of understandings and confusions about literacy and serve as an efficient way to assist the student in catching up to the average of his or her class. As soon as this acceleration and independence is achieved, the student’s Reading Recovery services are discontinued, and another struggling student takes his or her place. Reading Recovery and Descubriendo la Lectura teachers work with four children daily. These teachers have at least one other role on their campus such as classroom teacher, bilingual / English Second Language facilitator or reading specialist.

Reading Recovery in LCISD

Reading Recovery was developed by Dr. Marie M. Clay in New Zealand during the 1970’s. Reading Recovery was initiated in the United States in 1984 at Ohio State University. Reading Recovery is copyrighted by Dr. Marie M. Clay in order to protect program integrity, however it is a not-for-profit copyright. Lamar Consolidated ISD initiated Reading Recovery / Descubriendo la Lectura in our district in the 2011-2012 academic year. Lamar Consolidated ISD received an Investing in Innovation Grant (i3 Grant) from the federal government which provided initial training, supplies and materials to new Reading Recovery / Descubriendo la Lectura teachers in both 2011-2012 and 2012-2013. More information about the Investing in Innovation Fund is available at

The What Works Clearinghouse (an initiative of the United States Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences) has reviewed more than 170 reading programs since 2002. Reading Recovery was identified by the What Works Clearinghouse as the literacy program which received the highest rating in general reading achievement as well as positive ratings across all four domains measured -- alphabetics (phonics and phonemic awareness), fluency, comprehension, and general reading achievement. The data may be found at . This information is summarized at

Reading Recovery / Descubriendo la Lectura in Lamar Consolidated ISD follows the Reading Recovery Standards & Guidelines of the Reading Recovery Council of North America . Teacher training is provided through our district Reading Recovery Teacher Leader working under the guidance of reading instructors at Texas Woman’s University.

Reading Recovery / Descubriendo la Lectura Teacher Leader
Kathryne Salinas

Lamar Consolidated ISD offers Reading Recovery at 12 campuses:

In addition, Descubriendo la Lectura is offered at: