Leveled Literacy Intervention

National Tutoring Scale-Up

Leveled Literacy Intervention National Tutoring Scale-Up (LLI NTS) is a collaborative project between The Ohio State University and Lesley University.

LLI is an intensive, small group intervention designed to accelerate the literacy development of K-2 and 3-8 students who are below grade level in reading and writing achievement.

LLI provides explicit, intensive instruction to three children at a time in the essential areas of phonological awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, reading comprehension, oral language skills, and writing. Teachers match students with texts of progressing difficulty and deliver systematic lessons that address students’ reading needs. Instructional sessions are 30 minutes daily for approximately 14 to 18 weeks.

To learn more about accessing the LLI National Tutoring Scale-up program from Ohio State and Lesley University, please complete the Scale-up interest form.

National Tutoring Scale-Up

Press release

Powerful new tutoring training program delivers educator training to sustain long term student success.

More from Proven Tutoring

More information about LLI and the National Tutoring Scale-Up Model can be found at the Proven Tutoring website.

LLI systems

The LLI systems are designed to:

  • Advance the literacy learning of students not meeting grade-level expectations in reading
  • Deepen and expand comprehension with close reading
  • Elevate the expertise of teachers
  • Increase reading volume by engaging students in large amounts of successful daily reading
  • Increase student engagement with books that build knowledge
  • Intervene with small groups of struggling readers to maximize growth
  • Meet the needs of struggling readers
  • Monitor student progress.

Research on program outcomes

Research study

Ransford-Kaldon, C. R., Flynt, E. S., Ross, C. L., Franceschini, L., Zoblotsky, T., Huang, Y., and Gallagher, B. (2010). Implementation of Effective Intervention: An Empirical Study to Evaluate the Efficacy of Fountas and Pinnell’s Leveled Literacy Intervention System (LLI). 2009-2010. Center for Research in Educational Policy (CREP). Retrieved from Education Resources Information Center.


LLI Participants

Inspiration and motivation

"Our longstanding investment and the work we have done with Literacy Collaborative has been relevant and impactful to the growth in our district" — Greg Figenser.

Sweetwater School District #2 in Green River, Wyoming, turned to LLI to reverse a decade-long slide in reading and writing achievement. Read about Sweetwater's LLI journey.