What Works Clearinghouse™ Finds Positive Effects for Beginning Readers in Fountas & Pinnell’s Leveled Literacy Intervention System

PORTSMOUTH, NHHeinemann, a division of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, today announced the results of a report by What Works Clearinghouse™ (WWC) validating research conducted by The University of Memphis’ Center for Research in Educational Policy (CREP) to evaluate Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI), an intervention system created by literacy leaders Irene Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell. According to the WWC review, the extent of evidence for LLI as documented by the CREP studies showed positive effects in general reading achievement and potentially positive effects in reading fluency for students in grades K-2.

LLI is a small-group supplemental literacy intervention system designed to help struggling readers quickly achieve grade-level competency. The intervention provides explicit instruction in phonological awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, reading comprehension, oral language skills, and writing. In the course of 12-18 weeks, students participating in LLI increase their literacy by participating in daily lessons that use a series of leveled texts. The system includes professional development tools and training to prepare educators for small-group instruction.

“Heinemann has been the proud publisher of Fountas and Pinnell’s groundbreaking work for more than two decades,” said Vicki Boyd, EVP and General Manager, Heinemann. “We are delighted to see WWC’s validation of the Leveled Literacy Intervention system for struggling readers and look forward to continuing to partner with Fountas and Pinnell to bring this vitally important resource to educators and students across the country.”

To view efficacy study results or learn more about the Leveled Literacy Intervention system, please visit www.fountasandpinnell.com.

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Erika Denn
Director, Fountas & Pinnell Marketing
Heinemann Publishing