Document Number: 6870Volume II: Closing the Reading Gap: First Year Findings from a Randomized Trial of Four Reading Interventions for Striving Readers - The nationís 16,000 school districts spend hundreds of millions of dollars on reading intervention services about which little is known regarding effectiveness. Which ones work best, and for whom? Under what conditions are they most effective? Do these programs have the potential to close the reading gap? To help answer these questions, the authors initiated an evaluation of either parts or all of four widely used programs for elementary school students with reading problems: Corrective Reading, Failure Free Reading, Spell Read P.A.T. and Wilson Reading. (Joseph Torgesen, David Myers, Allen Schirm, Elizabeth Stuart, Sonya Vartivarian, Wendy Mansfield, Fran Strancavage, Donna Durno, Rosanne Javorsky and Cinthia Haan, U.S. Department of Education, February 2006)...