Scientific Learning Reading Assistant acts as a patient, non-judgmental listener, that provides support to all students as they improve their English oral reading skills, essential for English language proficiency.

Reading Assistant software combines advanced speech verification technology with scientifically-based interventions to help students strengthen their reading fluency, vocabulary and comprehension.  Students listen to a model fluent reading of the passage, preview vocabulary, and read the passage orally. After reading, students review problematic words they did not understand and playback their reading.

Reading Assistant is for students who have attained basic word recognition and decoding skills and are now building vocabulary, fluency and comprehension. This includes students as young as preschoolers, all the way up to adults.

Students will:

  • Preview and read silently
  • Listen to a model reading of the text
  • Answer guided reading questions

Using research-validated speech verification technology, Reading Assistant "listens" to a student as he or she reads aloud. Monitoring for signs of difficulty, the program intervenes with assistance when the student is challenged by a word. Students re-read passages several times to build automaticity. Students are assessed to determine their level of comprehension by skill.

The software maintains careful performance records and the corresponding audio of each reading session for review by student and teacher. The program computes the students Words Correct Per Minute automatically.

Reading Content

Each collection contains highly-illustrated selections grouped in topical clusters, many with a science or social studies theme. This organization helps students build a body of knowledge and also read common vocabulary in different contexts.

Reading Assistant Grades K-3

Reading Assistant for grades K-3 contains selections that relate to young reader’s interests and experiences while building world knowledge and vocabulary. Drawn from authentic contemporary, classic, and multicultural literature, the selections include a variety of genre, from rhymes and predictable fiction to nonfiction.


Reading Assistant Grades 4-5

Reading Assistant for grades 4-5 contains selections that relate to the independence and broadening interests of upper elementary students. Drawn from authentic contemporary, classic, and multicultural literature, Clusters include a variety of genre—fiction, historical fiction, jokes, poetry, folktales, and biography—and range in reading level from Grade 1 to Grade 5.

Reading Assistant Grades 6-8

Reading Assistant for Grades 6-8 contains selections that relate to middle schoolers' interests as well as topics from science, social studies, and literature standards. Drawn from authentic contemporary, classic, and multicultural literature,\ clusters include a variety of genre—fiction, personal narratives, jokes, poetry, eyewitness accounts and journals, expository nonfiction, and biography—and range in reading level from Grade 2 to Grade 5.

Reading Assistant Grades 9-12

Reading Assistant for Grades 9-12 contains selections that relate to adolescents’ interests as well as topics from science, social studies, and literature standards. Drawn from authentic contemporary, classic, and multicultural literature, clusters include a variety of genre—fiction, personal narratives, jokes, poetry, eyewitness accounts and journals, expository nonfiction, and biography—and range in reading level from Grade 3 to Grade 12.

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