Grades 5-12

Research

Read Ahead Efficacy Research Cited in Springer’s Latest Textbook

Improving Reading Comprehension Of Middle And High School Students

Abstract

ReadAhead.AI was developed by teachers and instructional designers based on research proving the success of a methodology combined with technical tools. This combination can increase student reading comprehension and motivation in a meaningful way. The ReadAhead.AI product team created and patented the artificial intelligence behind this dynamic learning process. It is being used widely in classrooms today.

The research was conducted in a large, urban public high school in Atlanta, Georgia that qualifies as a Title I school. Students were measured on global reading comprehension, text-specific reading assessments, and reading motivation. The research results indicated that students performing independent reading in a computer reading module group following the ReadAhead.AI protocols outperformed both a control group and a group performing independent reading with traditional textbooks on all measures.

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Our Efficacy and Design Research

Our idea started in the classroom- with constant user input, experimentation and research. And we continue to build it that way.

Tech Trends: Designing customizable reading modules for a high school literature classroom

Education Technology Research & Development: An examination of the effect of customized reading modules on diverse secondary students’ reading comprehension and motivation

The Online Journal of New Horizons in Education: An exploration of the use of technology to address academic language learning in teacher education in preparation for the edTPA

A quick gist of the cognitive science supporting how we designed Read Ahead:

  • Studies have shown that the amount of time spent reading correlates directly with reading comprehension ability. Using Read Ahead increases the time that students spend actually reading.
  • Differentiated reading instruction is a broadly substantiated and accepted foundation of literacy instruction. Read Ahead differentiates reading instruction by letting instructors and readers customize each experience.
  • Gains in vocabulary have been associated with gains in comprehension, while gains in comprehension accompany gains in vocabulary. All literacy tools focus on vocabulary definitions, and we offer them, too. But Read Ahead also reinforces vocabulary in brand new ways.
  • Making inferences and predictions is critical to the reading process. Read Ahead stimulates predictive inferences by presenting the key ideas before presenting the chunked text.

The Horizon Report supports that we are on the right track.

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