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National Recognition of the Carbo Reading Program


The National Staff Development Council
Reviewed Carbo Reading and Stated:

"The Carbo Reading Program has demonstrated its impact on student achievement… Multiple studies have substantiated the effectiveness of the program… The staff development program offers intensive up-front professional development for an array of follow-up support structures to assist teachers and schools with implementation… Teachers using the program become masters of a wide range of reading strategies… The flexibility of CRP makes it adaptable to nearly any school context and appropriate for any type of learner…grade 1 to middle levels."

What Works in the Elementary School: Results-Based Staff Development, published NSDC (2002)


Based on published research studies, the Carbo Reading Program has been nationally recognized as a research-based reading/language arts program by the:

  • Northwest Regional Lab (funded by the U.S. Dept. of Education)
    CRP is listed in their Catalog of School Reform Models. Learn More

  • National Staff Development Council
    CRP is listed in their publication: What Works in the Elementary Grades: Results-Based Staff Development, by J. Killion

  • Education Commission of the States
    CRP is listed in ECS’s List of Promising Practices in Reading.

  • Milken Foundation
    CRP was one of six reading programs listed in the Milken Publication: Reading Programs That Work: A Review of Programs for Pre-Kindergarten to 4th Grade, by J. Schacter.

  • New England Comprehensive Center
    CRP is listed in the Center’s manual: A Guide to Research-Based Programs and Practices for Improving Early Literacy.

  • Phi Delta Kappa Study
    Students of CRP teachers achieved higher reading scores on standardized achievement tests six times more frequently than did their controls, by Barber, Carbo, & Thomasson.

Criteria for Inclusion in the Catalog of School Reform Models

  • Evidence of effectiveness in improving student academic achievement
  • Widespread replication, with organizational capacity to continue gearing up
  • High quality implementation assistance to schools
  • Comprehensiveness