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Summer 2022


Special education teachers work each day to implement effective curricula to help students with disabilities receiving special education services reach grade-level standards. Recent research supports the need for implementing a comprehensive reading program that includes phonics instruction. With numerous curricula available, this action research seeks to inform educators of two methods of instruction that have a heavy phonics component that leads to growth in student reading skills. Two methods were evaluated: one method used multiple curricula to target all areas of a comprehensive reading program while the other method used a single curriculum that targeted all of the same areas. The study showed that both methods were effective in leading to growth in reading fluency, reading accuracy, and comprehension. However, the single curriculum demonstrated greater growth in two of the three target skills making it slightly more effective for instruction than the mixed methods approach.