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How does Reading Assistant teach fluency?

How does Reading Assistant teach comprehension?

How does Reading Assistant support vocabulary?

Is Reading Assistant research-based and research-validated?

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Reports that save you time

Get automatic WCPM, reading and comprehension scores for all your students in this classroom results report.

Running records taking too long? These student reports act as running records, showing you which words each student struggled on, their WCPM, and other valuable info.

Learn your students’ reading comprehension strengths/weaknesses with these comprehension reports: do students need help with literal recall or inference? Comparing and contrasting?

Monitor large groups of students, see how well they’re progressing as a group, and who needs help in these school level reports.

Easy to use at your school

Students put on a microphone headset, log on to a website, and get rolling.

  • Step 1: students listen to a modeled
    reading and are asked guided reading
    questions to stimulate their thinking
    about the text
  • Step 2: students read the selection
    aloud and record themselves
  • Step 3: a comprehension quiz checks
    for inferential and literal understanding

Check out these implementation and scheduling options.

See the system requirements, including which headphones you need.

Teacher ResourcesTeacher's Guide
Reading Assistant comes with a Teacher’s Guide, complete with lessons for each of the reading selections to reinforce vocabulary and other concepts in small groups or the whole class. See some sample lessons.

Reading PortfolioReading Portfolio
Reading Assistant automatically saves student recordings to create a “reading portfolio” that tracks growth through the school year. You can email recordings to parents to show their child’s work!

How does Reading Assistant teach fluency?

Reading fluency is the ability to decode words easily and accurately, recognize words with automaticity, and read aloud text with prosody. Instead of reading word by word, fluent readers focus their attention on the meaning and the message of the text. Reading Assistant builds fluency by providing the following:

  • Models: Each selection contains a fluent audio model.
  • Pronunciation support: The program intervenes with pronunciation if the student needs it.
  • Oral practice: Students read aloud each passage a minimum of two times.
  • Review: The program highlights words the student mispronounces during each oral reading.
  • Feedback: The program reports words correct per minute (WCPM), the standard measure of reading fluency.

How does Reading Assistant teach comprehension?

Multiple Reading Assistant features support the development of reading comprehension:

  • Think About It prompts and questions support students’ larger understanding and appreciation of what they read. They direct students’ attention to meaning, message, and vocabulary in the course of reading with reading strategies such as these: using prior knowledge, identifying a purpose, predicting, making connections, visualizing, monitoring and clarifying, retelling, summarizing, using context clues for meaning, and asking questions.
  • Quizzes after each selection that assess mastery of comprehension skills such as inferences; sequence; story events; theme; character traits; figurative language; important information; compare and contrast; author’s point of view; fact and opinion; diagrams, charts, graphs; cause and effect; and main idea.
  • Quiz questions that assess four levels of knowledge: literal, inferential, evaluative, and analytical.

How does Reading Assistant support vocabulary?

Increased print exposure has a direct relation to developing students’ vocabulary knowledge, because written text presents more words than readers can learn through oral language. The added reading practice that students get with Reading Assistant contributes to a student’s overall print exposure and vocabulary knowledge in a number of ways:

  • Audible syllabification
  • A Glossary feature that removes the barrier of unfamiliar words by enabling readers to click on underlined words to hear the pronunciation and dictionary at the moment the word is encountered in a passage. This approach has been shown to be one of the best ways of anchoring new vocabulary words in a student’s memory.
  • A Did You Know? feature that includes word background, Latin and Greek roots, other meanings or uses of words, cognates from Spanish and other languages, and fun facts to deepen vocabulary acquisition.
  • Passages from both informational text and literature that expose students to a broad range of vocabulary words at every reading level.
  • Picture representations for most words.
  • Spanish word translations.

Is Reading Assistant research-based and research-validated?

Yes and yes. According to the report of the National Reading Panel, "classroom practices that encourage repeated oral reading with feedback and guidance leads to meaningful improvements in reading expertise for students—for good readers as well as those who are experiencing difficulty." With Reading Assistant, the computer becomes the supportive listener that ensures all students can regularly practice oral reading while receiving immediate, individual feedback from Scientific Learning's advanced speech recognition software.

The impact of Reading Assistant on fluency growth was evaluated with mainstream students in Grades 2-5. Half of the classrooms in two schools used the software in thirty-minute sessions, once or twice a week over 17 weeks. Across all four grades, fluency gains were significantly greater for students who used the software than those who did not, averaging 43% (E.S.=0.91) greater than normative expectations over grades. Project sponsored by the Carlisle Foundation and NICHD.

Classroom Results Report

The Averages by Student table shows high-level usage and performance data for individual learners. From this table, teachers can click on the microphone icon for any student to listen to audio recordings of the student reading, or click on a student name for more detailed information on student usage and performance. A red flag appearing next to a student name indicates that the student is struggling with comprehension or fluency and could benefit from intervention. Classroom Results Report

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