Enhanced Core Reading Instruction

Our mission is to improve reading achievement for all students and reduce reading gaps, in particular for disadvantaged students who have historically have high percentage of students not meeting grade level reading proficiency (e.g. students living in poverty, students of color, English Learners, and students with disabilities). Our goal is to have all students reading with proficiency by the end of third grade by providing supports in Kindergarten through 3rd grade.
Program Description

Enhanced Core Reading Instruction is a multi-tiered program (Tier 1 and Tier 2) featuring a series of teaching routines designed to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of reading instruction in kindergarten, first and second grade.

Type of service
Academic Intervention
Year Started
Operation Locations
We're implementing in several hundred districts in approximately 15 states.
Most recent number of students served
Grade Levels
1st Grade,
2nd Grade,
3rd Grade
Languages Offered
During School
Out of School
Delivery Mode
Number of Sessions Per Week
150 ready-to-use, 30-minutes lessonsTier 1 is 60 minutes per day of whole group and small group reading instruction. Tier 2 is daily, 30 minute small groups 5 days per week across the K-2 school years.
Does your program engage with parents?
Family Engagement
Currently there are some family engagement materials available. We are working to expand these resources.
Organization Type
Customer Type
Cost to District/ School/ Non-Profit
Prices vary, but a full kit for schools with 3 classrooms per K-2 grade level coast approximately $10,000.00 for materials and additional charge for Professional Development and Coaching supports.
Cost to Student
Type of Tutor
Tutoring Staff
Randomized controlled trial (RCT) study conducted?
RCT effect size
Various tested but the broad measures had effect sizes of .43 for SAT10, .45 for WRMT-Basic Skills Cluster, and .43 for WRMT-Total reading.
Quasi-experimental (QED) study conducted?
Contact Name
Hank Fien, Ph.D. University of Oregon, Christine Grexa, Catapult
Contact Email

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