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Title:  Peer-Assisted Learning Strategies
Description: The WWC's report on PALS has been updated to include reviews of 34 studies that have been reviewed since 2007. PALS are peer-tutoring programs that supplement the primary reading curriculum for students in kindergarten through sixth grade. Students in PALS classrooms work in pairs on reading activities intended to improve reading accuracy, fluency, and comprehension. The WWC reviewed a total of 45 studies that investigated the effects of PALS on beginning readers. Two studies are randomized controlled trials that meet WWC evidence standards, and one study is a randomized controlled trial that meets WWC evidence standards with reservations. These three studies included 3,130 beginning readers in kindergarten and first grade in four states. Based on these studies, the WWC found PALS to have potentially positive effects on alphabetics, no discernible effects on fluency, and mixed effects on comprehension for beginning readers.
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Cover Date: May 2012
Web Release: May 1, 2012
Publication #: WWC TRLPA12
Center/Program: WWC
Associated Centers: NCEE
Type of Product: Topic Report
Questions: For questions about the content of this Topic Report, please contact:
Erin Pollard.