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The "Barton Reading & Spelling System"[R] is a one-to-one tutoring system designed to improve the reading, writing and spelling skills of children, teenagers, or adults who struggle due to dyslexia or another learning disability. Although the program is designed to be one-to-one, it may also be used in a small group setting, but each level will take longer to complete. The program is divided into ten levels, each with 10 to 15 lessons that cover the methods and sequence of teaching reading, spelling, and writing. The "Barton Reading & Spelling System"[R] was designed for students of any age who have, or are suspected of having, dyslexia. Program participants must speak and comprehend English at or above a second-grade level, have an IQ of 70 or higher, and be struggling with reading accuracy, fluency, spelling, or writing. However, no studies of the "Barton Reading & Spelling System"[R] that fall within the scope of the Students with Learning Disabilities review protocol meet What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) evidence standards. The lack of studies meeting WWC evidence standards means that, at this time, the WWC is unable to draw any conclusions based on research about the effectiveness or ineffectiveness of the "Barton Reading & Spelling System"[R] on students with learning disabilities. (Contains 3 footnotes.)

Descriptors: Spelling, Reading, Learning Disabilities, Dyslexia, Reading Instruction, Tutoring, Intervention, Reading Improvement, Writing Improvement, Children, Adolescents, Adults, Auditory Discrimination, Memory, Quasiexperimental Design

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