Published Online: March 15, 2005
Published in Print: March 16, 2005, as Scottish Study Finds Phonics Helped Pupils’ Achievement

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Scottish Study Finds Phonics Helped Pupils’ Achievement

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A study of 300 Scottish primary school pupils suggests that those taught with explicit, systematic phonics—the letters and letter sounds that make up words—learn to read more quickly than their peers who are taught to read through less stringent methods.

The study followed 300 students over seven years. Those who received traditional phonics instruction advanced at least seven months ahead of others in their grade in spelling and word reading. Results were mixed, however, in reading comprehension. While by the 2nd grade the pupils learning sequential phonics performed some seven months above what is expected for their age in reading comprehension, those gains diminished by half by the 3rd grade.

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