Real-Time Scoring of an Oral Reading Assessment on Mobile Devices

Jian Cheng


We discuss the real-time scoring logic for a self-administered oral reading assessment on mobile devices (Moby.Read) to measure the three components of children's oral reading fluency skills: words correct per minute, expression and comprehension. Critical techniques that make the assessment real-time on-device are discussed in detail. We propose the idea of producing comprehension scores by measuring the semantic similarity between the prompt and the retelling response utilizing the recent advance of document embeddings in natural language processing. By combining features derived from word embedding with the normalized number of common types, we achieved a human-machine correlation coefficient of 0.90 at the participant level for comprehension scores, which was better than the human inter-rater correlation 0.88. We achieved a better human-machine correlation coefficient than that of the human inter-rater in expression scores too. Experimental results demonstrate that Moby.Read can provide highly accurate words correct per minute, expression and comprehension scores in real-time and validate the use of machine scoring methods to automatically measure oral reading fluency skills.


 DOI: 10.21437/Interspeech.2018-34

Cite as: Cheng, J. (2018) Real-Time Scoring of an Oral Reading Assessment on Mobile Devices. Proc. Interspeech 2018, 1621-1625, DOI: 10.21437/Interspeech.2018-34.


@inproceedings{Cheng2018,
  author={Jian Cheng},
  title={Real-Time Scoring of an Oral Reading Assessment on Mobile Devices},
  year=2018,
  booktitle={Proc. Interspeech 2018},
  pages={1621--1625},
  doi={10.21437/Interspeech.2018-34},
  url={http://dx.doi.org/10.21437/Interspeech.2018-34}
}