The Edmark Reading Program uses a whole-word approach to reading instruction that was specifically designed for students with mild to moderate cognitive disabilities. The publishers state that it may be used as a core reading program or a supplement to a core reading program. The goal of Edmark is to teach 150 sight words including the endings –s, -ed, -ing, in Level 1 and 2200 sight words including compound words in Level 2. After the completion of Level 1 of the program, the intent is for students to read at approximately a 1.0 reading level and after Level 2, students may achieve a 2.0 – 3.0 reading level. Lessons are delivered daily by a teacher in a 1:1 instructional format. Each lesson lasts 5 – 15 minutes and more than one lesson per day may be taught, depending upon the student.
The Edmark Reading Program provides instruction in sight word vocabulary that is consistent with the principles of behavioral psychology and direct instruction. One study produced large effects for word identification but more well designed studies are needed to verify this beginning level of support.
Future studies should include measures of comprehension.
Strengths of Edmark Reading Program:
Weaknesses of Edmark Reading Program:
Source: Florida Center for Reading Research