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Volume 43, Issue 1 (2014)

Improving Student Reading Through Parents' Implementation of a Structured Reading Program

pp. 41—58

Abstract. Parent tutoring offers potential as a means for assisting the large percentage of students who need to improve their reading skills. The primary purpose of this study was to examine the impact of a reading fluency intervention program when used by parents in the home during the summer months. Specifically, this study evaluated the effects of the Helping Early Literacy with Practice Strategies (HELPS) Program when implemented by parents with struggling readers. By use of a one-group pretest–posttest quasi-experimental design with the addition of two nonequivalent dependent variables, findings showed that students participating in the HELPS program significantly improved on four different measures of early reading, with effect sizes ranging from medium to large. Simultaneously, students did not show growth on nontargeted skills, as measured with the nonequivalent dependent variables. Parents also showed strong implementation integrity of the HELPS program and reported high acceptability. The implications of these findings and future research directions are discussed, including how the HELPS program may help to prevent summer learning loss.

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