Innovative reading app will use scores from the Lexile Framework for Oral Reading to help children build oral reading fluency
DURHAM, N.C. & WEATHERFORD, TX – July 12, 2022 – MetaMetrics® and Edsoma today announced a new partnership that will help children using Edsoma’s innovative reading app build their oral reading fluency skills. Edsoma readers will receive Lexile oral reading measures and the app’s books will have oral readability measures from the Lexile® Framework for Oral Reading. Edsoma is an app designed to improve literacy through real-time data.
Edsoma’s scoring system is used to identify strengths and weaknesses in children’s reading. Using the app’s live follow-along technology, parents can help children develop a love of reading while learning to correctly pronounce the words that they are reading. Edsoma allows parents to read with their children from any location and automatically keeps track of a child’s reading activities so that parents and teachers can track their progress.
Given the sobering numbers on children’s decreased reading performance since the Covid-19 pandemic hit, bringing with it repercussions from school closures and the challenges of virtual learning, educators and parents are looking for the help of innovative educational technology
“We developed Edsoma to help families build a culture of reading and allow parents to read with their children, anytime, anywhere,” said Kyle Wallgren, CEO, Edsoma. “The books in our library already have Lexile text measures, allowing families to select books that match their child’s reading ability, so adding oral reading measures is the natural extension of providing data that will help our readers build their literacy skills.”
Building on the foundation of the widely adopted Lexile® Framework for Reading, the Lexile Framework for Oral Reading is a scientific approach to measuring both students’ oral reading ability and the oral readability of text on the same scale. For decades, student oral reading ability has been measured using Words Correct Per Minute (WCPM). The Lexile Framework for Oral Reading builds upon WCPM to take into account the difficulty of the passage a student is reading. Lexile oral reading measures provide a more accurate measure and a way to measure growth in oral reading.
Just as the Lexile® Text Analyzer examines text complexity features impacting ease or difficulty of a text, the Lexile® Oral Readability Analyzer examines features impacting oral readability such as the number of syllables in the words, unconventional spelling and words that may be difficult to pronounce like pterodactyl or enthusiastic.
“We share Edsoma’s commitment to helping children build literacy skills through the use of actionable data,” said Malbert Smith, CEO and co-founder, MetaMetrics. “Having Edsoma’s innovative reading app report our new Lexile measures for oral reading will help early readers build critical oral reading fluency skills, which builds the foundation for strong reading comprehension abilities.”
Edsoma is a groundbreaking new reading app. Its features include a patent pending voice recognition that corrects the child during a read aloud and a word identification software that breaks a word down, when the app detects that the reader is struggling with a word. The app allows parents to read interactively with their little ones when physically apart, plus keeps track of the child’s progress in real time.
Founded in 2021 the Texas based company has already entered school collaborations and is on track to become a key learning tool in order to give every child the opportunity to become an accurate early reader. For more information, visit edsoma.com.
MetaMetrics is an award-winning education technology organization that offers the only scientifically valid, universal scales for measuring silent and oral reading and listening (Lexile) and math (Quantile) with plans to develop measures for writing. The Lexile and Quantile Frameworks measure student ability and the complexity of the content they encounter. Lexile and Quantile measures and related technologies link assessment to instruction and provide next steps for students of all ages and abilities. The measures also provide valuable insights about students’ potential for growth. MetaMetrics’ measures, products and services are licensed to dozens of education product companies to help achieve that growth. For 35 years, MetaMetrics’ work has been increasingly recognized for its research-based approach to improving learning. For more information, visit MetaMetricsInc.com.