Mtelegence Corporation announced today that it received a Phase I SBIR grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Educational Sciences (IES). The grant supports the development of Readorium, a web-based software solution to help middle school students comprehend non-fiction text in the area of science.
There is an enormous problem in terms of reading comprehension in the United States. Functional illiteracy is on the rise and is becoming an enormous drag on the economy and society. Many adults are unable to understand simple prescription instructions (e.g. “Take two tablets three times a day before meal.”) or fill out a driver’s license application.
Middle school students are at the crossroads. According to the National Assessment for Educational Progress (NAEP) 70% of 8th graders score below the proficient reading level. Middle school students really need to learn how to comprehend non-fiction text, or they face the possibility of failure from then on in school. This failure is the very reason why almost seven thousand (!) students drop out of high school every day in the USA.
There have been major breakthroughs in educational research in terms of comprehension strategies, but often teachers do not have the resources or the training to teach children how to use these strategies effectively.
Readorium computerizes these best practices and presents them in an engaging adaptive format where students not only learn how to comprehend text but they also learn science in sync with their school curricula. For details on each school’s progress, please visit our Success Stories page.