In a class, students with a range of abilities enjoy reading assistance tailored to that student’s level and hence can work independently in an engaging environment with Reading Assistant Plus (RA+) . This can be done whilst teachers plan their next lesson or can be done as a home reader to ensure flexible scheduling to fit your teaching day.
Reading Assistant Plus (RA+) is the only reading aloud program that models the correct reading of a passage to students. Modelling correct reading is one of the principles of best practice for guided oral reading.
The voice recognition technology built into Reading Assistant Plus (RA+) then provides an impersonal, judgment-free listener dedicated to listening solely to each student read aloud.
The student’s reading progress is tracked. Their initial reading ability is recorded and can then be played back to them later, so they can personally witness their own progress.
How well would a one-on-one reading coaching program work for your students – even if they could just use this as a "home reader" and you could overview their progress from anywhere at any time.
Reading Assistant Plus (RA+) is the only online reading aloud 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.
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.
Fluent readers can read words in text accurately and effortlessly, and with appropriate expression. Reading fluency is the key to comprehension, according to literacy scholars, such as Dr Timothy Rasinsky, a recognised reading fluency expert.
In his paper, Supportive Fluency Instruction: The Key to Reading Success, Dr Rasinsky details a three step process to develop fluency in students:
Reading fluency is the ability to decode words easily and accurately, recognise 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 Plus (RA+) builds fluency by providing the following:
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, visualising, monitoring and clarifying, retelling, summarising, 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.
Students put on a microphone headset, log on to a website, and start reading.
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.
Implement Reading Assistant Reading Assistant Plus (RA+) in whatever instructional scenario fits your needs: for individual students, for small groups, or in a lab setting. Students get the full benefit of the program’s support and intervention, regardless of the setting.
No matter how you implement the program, the recommended schedules are as follows:
Selections from over 300 reading passages at a range of reading levels from grades 1-12.
Non-fiction and fictional texts across genres:
Reading Assistant Plus (RA+) requires a headset and USB audio adapter, or a headset with an integrated USB connection. An approved USB adapter or USB connection is needed to ensure the level of audio quality required by Reading Assistant. See the recommended headsets.
Reading Assistant Plus (RA+) 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 Assistant Plus (RA+) 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!
The MySciLEARN platform for Reading Assistant Plus (RA+) provides implementation and performance reporting at the school and student level to support and improve data-driven decision making. Graphical depictions show usage, performance, reading level trends, and student proficiency levels.
Get automatic word count per minute (WCPM), reading and comprehension scores for all your students in this classroom results report.
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?
See how well they’re progressing as a group, and who needs help in these school level reports.
Number of Students: 2,148 students
Number of Schools: 136 schools
Grade Levels: 1st-12th grade
The study participants began the school year with an average grade level of 4.5. After using Reading Assistant Plus (RA+) Expanded Edition software, the students made statistically significant gains in their normal curve equivalent scores on RPI (t(2147) = 28.1; p < 0.01). The group average improved from the 22nd percentile to the 37th percentile, and from a reading level of 3.4 to 4.3.
School District: The Marion County Schools, WV
School Structure: Rural
Grade Level: 5th Grade
After one month of Reading Assistant Plus (RA+) use, these students made significant gains on the SRI. On average, their Lexile scores improved by 68 points. Average students at the 4th to 5th grade level typically gain between 100 and 120 Lexile points in a year. In this one month summer program, participants gained more than half a year in reading comprehension, on average.
School District: Wayne County Public Schools, NC
School Structure: Urban
Grade Level: 1st - 8th Grade
In a one month period, students made three months of reading gain, and moved from the "struggling" level to the "emerging" level on Reading Progress Indicator.
School District: Framingham Public Schools, MA
School Structure: Suburban
Grade Level: 2nd - 5th Grade
On average, students who used the Reading Assistant Plus (RA+) made significantly greater gains in words correct per minute (WCPM) than students who received their standard reading curriculum alone. In addition, the Reading Assistant group exceeded expectations for fluency gains based on Edformation’s normative data. The advantage for the Reading Assistant Plus (RA+) group was consistent across the four grade levels.
Number of Students: 61 students
Grade Levels: 9th, 10th, & 12th grades
At the beginning of this study, the students’ average reading score was 12.3. After Reading Assistant Plus (RA+) use, the group average increased to 18.3, for their best-effort tests. Of the 61 students, 54 (89%) improved their score, and 20 (33%) met or exceeded the ACT benchmark score of 21 points.
School District: West Jefferson Hills School District, PA
School Structure: Suburban
Grade Level: Middle School
Prior to using the products, all 31 students were performing at either the Below Basic or Basic level with none of the students in the Proficient or Advanced level. However, after product use, 84% of students moved up one or more levels. Of the 31 students, 21 reached either Proficient or Advanced. On average, this group of students also showed statistically significant gains in their scaled scores, improving from 1128 to 1328.
School District: Dallas Independent School District, TX
School Structure: Urban
Grade Level: Secondary
Prior to product use, the study group was slightly below the average range. Six weeks later, after using a combination of Reading Assistant Plus (RA+) and Fast ForWord products, the group had risen well into the average range. The students’ improvements were statistically significant, with comparable gains across the measures of sight word reading and decoding skills. Average word reading fluency scores for the group moved from a standard score of 84.7 to 92.6 which corresponds to moving from the 15th to the 31st percentile.
School: Bridges Academy, FL
School Structure: Suburban
Grade Level: 2nd - 10th Grade
Seventeen study participants took the Word Identification, Word Attack, and Passage Comprehension subtests of the WRMT-R before and after a period of using Fast ForWord and Reading Assistant Plus (RA+) products. On average, they showed significant improvements in reading skills, with similar gains across all three subtests. In an average of three months, the students improved their grade equivalent scores by an average of one year and three months on the Basic Skills Composite, which combines the Word Identification and Word Attack subtests.