Studies of a Self-Administered Oral Reading Assessment

Jared Bernstein, Jian Cheng, Jennifer Balogh, Elizabeth Rosenfeld


Reading assessments are most useful when they inform instruction. We present a mobile-device app, Moby.Read, that presents a short self-administered test of oral reading fluency. Children read text passages aloud. Spoken responses are scored automatically on the device and displayed for teacher review. First, we report a usability study and a preliminary validation study with 99 children. Usability results are positive and score accuracy is high. Accurate automatic reading assessment enables new analyses of reading performance (e.g. rate trends over time and passage) that have not previously been available to guide individual instruction. We present early results of sub-passage and cross-passage results that hold diagnostic promise and discuss their potential to guide reading instruction.


 DOI: 10.21437/SLaTE.2017-30

Cite as: Bernstein, J., Cheng, J., Balogh, J., Rosenfeld, E. (2017) Studies of a Self-Administered Oral Reading Assessment. Proc. 7th ISCA Workshop on Speech and Language Technology in Education, 172-176, DOI: 10.21437/SLaTE.2017-30.


@inproceedings{Bernstein2017,
  author={Jared Bernstein and Jian Cheng and Jennifer Balogh and Elizabeth Rosenfeld},
  title={Studies of a Self-Administered Oral Reading Assessment},
  year=2017,
  booktitle={Proc. 7th ISCA Workshop on Speech and Language Technology in Education},
  pages={172--176},
  doi={10.21437/SLaTE.2017-30},
  url={http://dx.doi.org/10.21437/SLaTE.2017-30}
}