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READING PLUS

Adaptive reading intervention for 5th grade and up

Reading Plus® is a web-based reading intervention that uses eye-tracking and other technology to provide individualized scaffolded silent reading practice for students in grades 5 and higher. Reading Plus® aims to develop and improve students’ silent reading fluency, comprehension, and vocabulary.

Many struggling readers accumulate bad reading habits on the way to learning to read, the most common being jumping around while reading looking for familiar and recognizable words.  We are using Reading Plus® to help resolve these bad habits, to accelerate automatic decoding and reading comprehension.

The Process

Reading Plus uses a combination of library texts designed to capture a child’s interest and onscreen tools to keep the silent reading in the groove.

Step 1: Reading test – with emphasis on reading speed and reading comprehension

Step 2: Students sessions include three options:

  • Selections from a huge library that appeal to the child. The 10-15 minutes lessons include silent reading with most text blacked out to keep the student reading consistently at their pace. There are comprehensions questions at the end.
  • Vocabulary and spelling.
  • Visual tracking exercises.

Students have ownership of choice and can read stories of interest, with a game-like aspect being incentives to “unlock” new stories in their library as they progress.

reading plus resultsResults

Research suggests students need to complete 31 sessions to start seeing gains, that’s about 5 weeks averaging 2 hours a week.

Reading Plus®  is researched-backed, with dozens of studies, including this randomized study, reviewed by the Johns Hopkins University and described on the Evidence for ESSA website as providing strong evidence of program effectiveness.

For more study results here.