Teaching Matters

Impact Report on Teaching Matters’ ‘Early Reading Matters’ Program

Program activities
Early Reading Matters gives K‐2 teachers a plan to teach reading effectively. For three years, Teaching Matters' coaches work with educators on‐site weekly, giving them step‐by‐step methods to move students toward grade‐appropriate reading markers.



$1,000 raises a 1st or 2nd grader's reading proficiency to grade level or above.


Teaching Matters collected data on outcomes of the population before and after the program. To estimate the change that was attributable to the program, Teaching Matters made an educated guess as to how the population would have fared without the program.

Data source
Teachers assessed the instructional level of each participating 1st and 2nd grader using Fountas & Pinnell's Benchmark Assessment. Teaching Matters then assembled the data and third‐party researcher Research for Action conducted analysis of the data.

Attribution method
A randomized controlled trial of another, similar program for K–2 students found that non‐participants improved reading by 62% as much as participants. Teaching Matters therefore assumed it caused 38% of the observed reading gains among its students.

This report was created by Teaching Matters with self‐reported data using ImpactMatters' impact
reporting platform. This report covers September 2017 to July 2018.