Take Flight is “A Comprehensive Intervention for Students with Dyslexia is a two-year Orton-Gillingham based curriculum written by the staff of the Luke Waites Center for Dyslexia and Learning Disorders at Scottish Rite for Children (SRC) in Dallas, Texas” (Center for Dyslexia Learning). “Take Flight is a comprehensive, ungraded, structured, and sequential curriculum that utilizes multisensory techniques for basic instruction in reading, writing, and spelling. Task analysis was used to organize and sequence the following:
Phonic regularities for reading
Rules for syllable division
Other basic linguistic concepts”
The program includes the following types of instruction:
To assess the efficacy of any program we should use a peer-reviewed meta-analysis. I searched for Take Flight studies on Google, the company website, Education Source, and Scholars Portal. However, I was only able to find one study with a control group. there exists only one quasi-experimental study on the “Take Flight Program”. It was conducted in 2017 by Flight, Et al. The study included only 12 students. However, it had an extremely long duration of 280 hours, completed over 56 weeks. The study produced moderate results. However, it was done on dyslexic students in grades 3-5. Phonics studies done on both of these cohorts typically produce lower results. That being said, the study quality was quite low as the groupings were very inequivalent. If we use Cohen's d we get a strong effect size However, the treatment group started out way ahead of the control group. If we use Cohen's average we get a statistically insignificant effect size. For this reason, I excluded this study from my larger meta-analysis on language programs.
Final Grade: B
Most of the program principles are well evidenced, within the meta-analysis literature.
Qualitative Grade: 10/10
The program includes the following essential types of instruction: direct, scaffolded, individualized, fluency phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, morphology, comprehension.
Written by Nathaniel Hansford
Last Edited 2022-07-25
Ring, J., Avrit, K., Black, J., Ring, J. J., Avrit, K. J., & Black, J. L. (2017). Take Flight: the evolution of an Orton Gillingham-based curriculum. Annals of Dyslexia, 67(3), 383–400. https://doi-org.ezproxy.lakeheadu.ca/10.1007/s11881-017-0151-9