Adolescent Multi-component–Intensive Training–Reading Program

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Creator:  Dr. Mary Beth Calhoon 

is an empirically validated, research based intensive remedial reading program specifically designed to address the unique needs of older struggling readers (6th -12th grades), reading below the 4th grade level.  

AMP-IT-UP is specifically created for middle and high school students who with severe decoding skill deficiencies and are unable to profit from intensive reading programs with an emphasis on vocabulary and comprehension strategies. 

AMP-IT-UP blends cognitive strategy instruction, socio-cultural theory, peer-tutoring, and techniques of direct and explicit instruction to address the complex deficits of these older struggling readers.  

Each lesson follows a gradual release of responsibility from the teacher to the students. Lessons begin with the master review during which previous lessons are reinforced and reviewed using choral response with the teacher. Next, the teacher introduces and models target skills. Students are then released, although monitored closely by the teacher, to work collaboratively in peer-tutoring dyads. Lastly, independent application of skills learned and practiced during class, occurs at the end of each lesson, to provide the teacher with individualized information about students’ progress.  

Results from eight randomized control studies conducted in New Mexico, Georgia, Pennsylvania, and Florida show that AMP-IT-UP significantly increases decoding, fluency, and comprehension skills.  Additionally, students provided AMP-IT-UP made significant gains over students who did not receive AMP-IT-UP on statewide reading assessments. 

AMP-IT-UP can be implemented in both a daily 50/60-minute schedule, and an every other day block schedule class period for 110 minutes.  

For more information on this program, contact Mary Beth Calhoon, Ph.D. at (404) 376-9391 or email



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