Multiple reports have confirmed the reading loss that has happened over the last two years and now is the time to define the road to recover the loss. We, at De Pedagogics, have been in conversation with school leaders, teachers and students to gain insights into what could be the best suited path to progress. Post much deliberation, research and considerable thought, here is a Road to Recovery that we would like to offer as a solution.

The first step towards recovery is that of knowing the unknown, gaining an understanding about exactly where the gaps are. This can easily be done using HP Literacy Attainment Coach that used eye-tracking technology and benchmarked rapid reading assessment to determine a student’s reading ability and gain deep insights into specific areas of difficulty to inform personalised intervention

HP Literacy Attainment Coach, a research-based diagnostic literacy assessment solution uses artificial intelligence and eye-tracking technology to assess the reading ability of a student to gain a detailed insight and an objective overview of how lockdown has impacted literacy levels.

In a matter of minutes, this entirely computer based assessment uses powerful eye tracking technology to monitor a child’s spontaneous eye movement whilst reading. This enables a teacher to quickly analyze the 6 key reading components – reading speed, comprehension, decoding skills, letter recognition, phonological awareness and much more and design targeted intervention towards the same.

A secure, cloud-based platform, uses machine learning models to perform a powerful statistical analysis on each child’s individual eye movement patterns. The algorithms have been trained to make precise correlations between these patterns they are able to immediately determine a child’s reading attainment percentile within our normal distribution curve.

Results show reading attainment as a percentile across five coloured levels and provides recommendations for intervention to help tailor programmes to both support and challenge all pupils inline with their reading level. As a part of the detailed report, teachers are provided with the Lexplore score and providing an absolute measure of their progress. This score can easily be aligned to existing reading level frameworks and guided reading schemes results and is aligned with the UKs’ most successful reading scheme, The Oxford Reading Tree.

Over the last few months since its launch, Reading Progress in Microsoft Teams has helped educators check reading fluency more frequently and therefore differentiate more powerfully to support students on their fluency journey.

Reading Progress is free and built-in to Microsoft Teams Assignments and works on all platforms that allows students to build their reading fluency skills through teacher assigned reading assignments. Reading Progress keeps the focus on practice and growth, not performing under pressure and provides teacher a holistic view of trends and data including accuracy rate, correct words per minute, most challenging vocabulary, mispronunciations, omissions and insertions.

Educators easily track and share data and insights through integrated, interactive dashboards. These help them identify specific fluency challenges and create a custom learning experience for each student. To become successful readers, students need quality reading practice. Through its collaboration with Microsoft, ReadWorks has provided high-quality texts from its online library of over 4,600 passages, which will help teachers more frequently monitor their students’ reading in Teams. 

The teachers can map the Lexplore score to the Lexile score mentioned in each of the reading comprehension pieces in Read Works passages. This allows teachers to assign passages based on data provided using AI and eliminates subjectivity. Additionally, the Recovery Curriculum Guide to Reading provides teachers tips and advice to help you review your resources and re-establish an effective reading routine.

Overtime as students progress on the road to recovery of the reading loss and gain reading fluency, the students can be tested again using HP Literacy Attainment Coach to measure the success and realign the reading goals. With regular testing schools can closely monitor reading and ensure interventions are having the intended impact.

According to OECD research, reading for pleasure may provide the most effective way to level social change and it is in fact a more important indicator of academic success than a child’s socio-economic background. We hope to offer our Road to recovery model to provide a systematic approach towards transforming a child’s whole experience of reading.

We would like to continue our conversations with schools to address the reading challenges as we believe that ‘a reader today, tomorrow a leader’.

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