“As a teacher, I am always looking for ways to personalize the learning experience for my students. I have seen firsthand that tuned text improves their comprehension.”
Reader Benefit: Educational content could be formatted for each student in his/her best reading format, enhancing the student’s ability to learn
The shocking reality is that nearly 2/3 of children and adults read below proficiency.
Just over 1/3 of the nation reads at a proficient level according to the US Department of Education. These unfortunate trends begin when children are learning to read, and these relative patterns are set by the fourth grade. If the student does not read well by fourth grade, he or she is not likely to read well in the eighth.
Then, as the student leaves high school, the pattern is set for life, impacting performance in the workplace.
Textbook and other content providers must offer readability features to take advantage of the opportunity to elevate reading performance for all age groups.
Let’s equip students to read their best.
The Shocking Reality
- Relative reading ability is unlikely to change after the 4th grade
- 64% of 8th grade students are unable to read proficiently
- Poor readers in 8th grade remain poor readers in 12th and throughout life
- Reading scores remain relatively flat in the US
US National Center for
The Nation’s Report Card
The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), measures reading levels for a sample of students nationwide. Experts consider the test highly reliable. Recent results (4th, 8th, and 12th grades) show that since 1998 reading scores remain relatively flat with just over one-third of students reading at a level the NAEP defines as “proficient.” More here…
“Literacy is understanding, evaluating, using and engaging with written text to participate in the society, to achieve one’s goals and to develop one’s knowledge and potential.”
National Center for Education Statistics