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By: Joseph Crumby

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Improved Reading
and
Comprehension
Technologies
Overview
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 I have selected 3 technologies to help improve
students reading and comprehension skills.
 The reason I choose this topic is because
reading and comprehension can benefit
students across the curriculum.
 These technologies can help assess a
students Lexile Level which has a direct
connection on the students standardize test
scores.
Technologies
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 Scholastic Reading Inventory (SRI)
Enterprise Edition is a reading assessment
program which provides immediate, actionable
data on students' reading levels and growth
over time. SRI helps educators differentiate
instruction, make meaningful interventions,
forecast growth toward grade-level state tests,
and demonstrate accountability.
How it Works
 With SRI, students receive a score in
approximately 20 minutes:
 Students log on and enter their
username and password.
 Students select areas of reading
interest.
 Students spend approximately 20
minutes taking the computer-adaptive
test.
 Students receive personalized reading
list based on their chosen interests and
measured reading level (Lexile
measure). Students are presented with
questions based on a reading passage.
When students answer a question
correctly, the next question gets harder;
however, if answered incorrectly, the
questions gets easier. The questions
continue until a strong level of certainty
of the test taker’s ability is obtained and
a score is provided based on the Lexile
Framework for Reading.
 Educators immediately have access to
clear, actionable reports.
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 SRI derives its question
bank from authentic
passages of literature that
students encounter both in
and out of school.
 Fiction and non-fiction
passages are used.
 Test items are drawn from
a variety of content areas.
 Students receive their
Lexile at the end of the
assessment.
 SRI does not test on
vocabulary taken out of
context, or require formal
logic.
 SRI test items do not
require prior knowledge of
ideas outside the passage.
 Occasionally the test
needs to adapt to the
students true reading
levels resulting in a
discrepancy in scores.
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 FLRT is a FLuent Reader Trainer
FLRT systematically increases reading speed
and reading comprehension. Fluent readers
comprehend more of what they read and find
reading more enjoyable.
How it Works
 FLRT is designed to help students who
are on grade level or above:

 FLRT consists of four self-paced
practice activities: Effective Eye
Movement, Single-Line Reading, Multi-
Line Reading, and Word Match. First,
students work on visual scanning with
Eye Tracking, using shapes that appear
and disappear to practice rapid eye
movement right-to left, and down a
page. Next is Word Match, which
enables students to read high-
frequency words with automaticity. This
is based on the Dolch List of high-
frequency words. Students build
automatic recognition of these high-
frequency and sight words. In Single-
Line Reading, students learn to move
their eyes left to right as they read one
line at a time
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 Improves fluency by
providing sufficient reading
practice at appropriate
rates of speed
 Easy to use, automated,
and adaptive
 Improves visual scanning
efficiency
 Provides guided practice in
silent reading fluency
 Three or more stories can
be read in one 20 minute
session

 FLRT is intended for
students who are
reading at or above
grade level with
good phonics skills

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 The Lexile
®
Framework for Reading is a
unique resource for accurately matching
readers with text. Unlike other measurement
systems, the Lexile Framework evaluates
reading ability based on actual assessments,
rather than generalized age or grade levels.
How it Works
 Lexile scores match reader ability
and difficulty of text:

 A student receives his or
her Lexile reader
measure from a reading
test or program.
 Create an account (free)
 Upload article as a .txt file
 Copy & paste text (1,000
word max) into a Word
document
 Edit out any
headings/phrases
 Save as a Plain text
file
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 Provide more targeted reading.
 Report actionable scores.
 Offer a parent-friendly metric.
 Provide resources to support
differentiated instruction.
 Open a world of free, targeted
resources including over 100 million
books, articles and websites that
have received Lexile measures.
 Connect to an empirical, vertical
scale aligned to college- and career-
readiness.
 Access an empirical, vertical scale
for growth modeling.

 Lexile doesn’t even
attempt to measure the
content of books
 the creators themselves
note that the Lexile system
is not all sufficient. It is
merely a starting point
 Oftentimes, its ratings do
not make sense
 Lexile measurements will
never be fully objective:
they only measure the
outward difficulty of things

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Implications for Teaching and
Learning?
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The implications of improved reading and
comprehension technologies for teaching and
learning are many. Reading professionals can
help improve classroom reading instruction
through the use of professional development,
coaching, or mentoring. However, through the
use of technology such as Scholastic Reading
Inventory, FLRT, and MetaMetrics Lexile
Measurement a teacher can transform a
classroom into a high-quality reading
intervention area to raise reading
achievement and provide an adequate test or
measurement program to evaluate a students
needs.

“Such instruction needs to (1) coordinate
carefully with classroom reading instruction,
(2) be based
on student performance data, (3) increase the
amount of teaching students receive, (4)
emphasize specific student learning needs,
(5) be adjusted to student reading level, and
(6) be of sufficient intensity that student
learning results.”
NETS-T standard
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5a Engage in professional growth and leadership
Teachers continuously improve their professional
practice, model lifelong learning, and exhibit
leadership in their school and professional
community by promoting and demonstrating the
effective use of digital tools and resources.

Participate in local and global learning
communities to explore creative applications of
technology to improve student learning
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 Does the Lexile Program Measure Up?. (n.d.). The American Conservative. Retrieved
August 16, 2014, from http://www.theamericanconservative.com/does-the-lexile-
program-measure-up/

 Scholastic Reading Inventory: Reading Assessment and Progress Monitoring for
Grades K-12. (n.d.).Scholastic Reading Inventory: Reading Assessment and
Progress Monitoring for Grades K-12. Retrieved August 16, 2014, from
http://www.teacher.scholastic.com/products/sri_reading_assessment/index.htm

 Fluent Reading Trainer (FLRT). (n.d.). – MindPlay Educational Software for Reading
Instruction. Retrieved August 16, 2014, from http://www.mindplay.com/programs/flrt/

 MetaMetrics - Linking Assessment with Instruction. (n.d.). MetaMetrics - Linking
Assessment with Instruction. Retrieved August 16, 2014, from
http://www.metametricsinc.com/

 Matching Readers with Texts. (n.d.).Welcome. Retrieved August 16, 2014, from
http://www.lexile.com/

 Shanahan, T. (n.d.). Implications of RTI for the Reading Teacher. Wachusett Regional
High School - Important Links. Retrieved August 16, 2014, from
http://www.wrsd.net/literacy/resources/implicationsofrti.pdf