CEO Dr. Patricia Scanlon commented on an article this week entitled “How ‘Reading Instruction’ Oppresses Black and Brown Children”.
Writing in Forbes, Natalie Wexler gave an ominous assessment of the huge inequalities in US schools with regard to reading:
‘On national tests last year, only 18 percent of black 4th-graders scored proficient or above in reading; the figure for white 4th-graders was 45 percent.’
As Dr. Scanlon commented, change is needed. Learning to read can change the trajectory of a child’s life.
A child’s proficiency at reading by age 8 is a key indicator of their future success. A poor reader at 8 will likely remain so throughout school, and is 4 times more likely to leave school early, be unemployed, suffer poverty and have poor health.
Clearly, current disparities are being further exacerbated by the COVID 19 crisis.
Kid-specific voice technology can help whether kids have access to classrooms or are studying remotely. Voice technology offers kids (and their teachers and parents) the ability to receive standalone and consistent feedback on their reading practice, as well as accurate and invisible reading assessments.
Accurate and private voice technology like ours can support kids on their journey to reading fluency, transform their education experience, and set them on the path to life long independence.