Reading Intervention Program for Grades 4–12

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What is REWARDS?

Developed by award-winning education authors and literacy experts, REWARDS® is a series of short-term reading and writing intervention materials specifically designed for struggling learners in grades 4–12. The series includes REWARDS® Intermediate, REWARDS® Secondary, REWARDS® Plus, where strategies are applied to social studies and science, and REWARDS® Writing, which helps students refine and sharpen their writing skills.

REWARDS Key Benefits


Increases student success in content-area classes, especially where advanced reading skills are needed to understand concepts and context


Increases student fluency, vocabulary knowledge, and comprehension skills


Explicit and systematic support for teachers


Provides students practice with the types of questions asked on state tests


Effectively helps all struggling readers, whether they are English language learners, students with reading disabilities, or those who have simply fallen behind


ESSA evidence level: Strong

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Who Benefits from REWARDS?

REWARDS Intermediate and REWARDS Secondary are specifically designed for students who are struggling with English language arts and need short-term strategies to get on track with their peers.

REWARDS Plus helps students by extending fluency and comprehension to the content areas of social studies and science. REWARDS Writing provides explicit instruction for students who struggle with sentence refinement and structure.

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REWARDS is a Short-Term Intervention That Yields Long-Term Results

Key features include:

  • Decoding multisyllabic words
  • Identifying and understanding prefixes and suffixes
  • Increasing word and passage fluency
  • Building academic vocabulary
  • Deepening comprehension
  • Building self-confidence in reading
  • Rapid-paced, engaging, and explicit instruction for teachers
  • Constant teacher-student interaction

Evidence Based

The REWARDS family of reading and writing intervention materials are specifically designed for adolescent struggling learners in grades 4–12, with every instructional activity backed by sound research foundation and evidence to support its effectiveness.

 REWARDS Intermediate Research

 REWARDS Secondary Research

Proven Results

Significant gains made across reading levels post-tests indicated that after treatment and maintenance of REWARDS, students in both high- and low-mastery groups made significant gains in word and text reading skills and in oral reading fluency as long as mastery-level criteria were maintained at 80 percent and regardless of whether they practiced with passages or sentences.

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The REWARDS Difference


Struggling students improve reading skills, make gains across all subject areas at Icicle River Middle School in Leavenworth, WA

Sixth grade students who struggle with fluency and word structure make gains across all subject areas as they become confident and successful readers by using the REWARDS intervention program.


Katie Benning, Master Reading Teacher, talks about why REWARDS works in her classroom at Jerry Zucker Middle School in North Charleston, SC

Students vastly improved capacity for breaking down multisyllabic words and words they don’t know.

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Training and Support Services

We are committed to a long-term partnership with every district that implements our solutions. Each implementation support plan is individually crafted with school and/or district administrators to meet specific needs, including making explicit connections to state standards and/or the CCSS. Districts can choose from a menu of training and support options including in-person, online, or a combination of both.

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