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We never miss a teachable moment.

Reading Assistant is the only online reading tool that uses speech recognition to support and correct students as they read aloud – never missing a teachable moment. No other e-book or program provides comparable support. With the help of a supportive listener, students build reading fluency and comprehension.

Learn from a fluency expert

Tim Rasinski, PH.D.

Whitepaper: Supportive Fluency Instruction: The Key to Reading Success (Especially for Students Who Struggle) Learn more >

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How Reading Assistant works
  • When a student has difficulty reading a word, Reading Assistant intervenes by pronouncing the word if the student does not self-correct. View a diagram of how Reading Assistant works.
  • Reading Assistant Overview Video
  • After completing a passage, questions measure literal and inferential comprehension. See sample comprehension questions.
  • Reading Assistant uses the best practices of guided oral reading instruction, the gold standard for building fluency.
How Reading Assistant helps
  • Builds better readers: students improve reading level 50% beyond expected gains.
  • Saves you time: it automatically assesses and tracks words correct per minute (WCPM) and reading comprehension for teachers!
  • Provides an unbiased listener to every student: even hard-to-engage students will practice reading aloud, always without judgment.
  • Dramatically improves reading fluency, the critical bridge to comprehension.

Results and FAQs

What is fluency anyway?What is fluency anyway?
  • Fluency is the ability to read accurately, expressively and with good phrasing in order to comprehend what you read. It’s not about reading fast.
  • A nonfluent reader spends a lot of energy decoding, leaving not much room for comprehension. Students need to decode fluently to understand what they’re reading but often don’t build this automaticity through independent reading alone.
  • Guided oral reading instruction is the gold standard for building fluency - Reading Assistant incorporates these best practices!

Want tips on building reading fluency and comprehension in your classroom? Download a paper by Dr. Tim Rasinski, Supportive Fluency Instruction: The Key to Reading Success (Especially for Students who Struggle).

BooksWhat do students read?
  • Selections* from over 300 reading passages at a range of reading levels, grades 1-12
  • Non-fiction and fictional texts across genres:
    • Expository nonfiction
    • Realistic and historical fiction
    • Science fiction
    • Poetry
    • Folktale, myth, legend
    • Biography
    • Point-counterpoint
    • Personal Narrative
    • Etc.

*Aligned to the Common Core State Standards.

Supportive Fluency Instruction: The Key to Reading Success (Especially for Students Who Struggle)

Learn from Tim Rasinski, Ph.D., reading fluency expert, what fluency is and is not, why it’s important, and its crucial role in reading comprehension. Best of all, learn research-based best practices for improving fluency with your students starting tomorrow!

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