My student was reading below Kg. She had deficits in basic sight words, such as "the." She is now reading on a 1.5 grade level and her oral reading fluency is 38/WPM. She scored 91% on her chapter 2 test.
For me, the best is when they spell and say words that they could not say or spell before I taught the skills.
I teach a 5th grade Special Education ELA class in Springfield, LA. My success story is with Cameron. He was a pre-primer (PP) reader; he could not say "the." After a year of guided and online Reading Horizons Elevate (RHE) instruction; he was reading on 1st. As a whole class, we were able to complete the lesson for 2 syllable words, which is the end of book I. It broke my heart that Cameron was in 5th grade and not reading. Too many of our Special Education children are moved on to the next grade when they fail. I find nothing "Special" in this method of education. Thank you, RHE, for your method of learning. It is a winner with me, as well as my children.