Read Seed

FAQ


Have a question about Read Seed? See if you can find an answer in the Frequently Asked Questions below…

What is reading fluency?

There are various definitions of reading fluency, but we think of it as the ability to read text accurately, quickly, and with appropriate expression.

What is oral reading fluency and how is it measured?

Oral Reading Fluency is one of several critical measures of how well a student is reading. It usually involves three factors: speed, accuracy, and expression. Oral reading fluency is usually measured via a one-minute read aloud of a level appropriate text. 

What if my school doesn’t collect oral reading fluency data? Can my students still benefit from Read Seed?

Read Seed is assessment, practice, and progress monitoring for readers. Even if your school doesn’t collect data on students’ oral reading performance, it can still be useful for identifying reading problems and ensuring that struggling readers get the help they need. Read Seed also includes comprehension questions as well as various summary tasks.

Does Read Seed provide readings, or do I have to find them myself?

Read Seed comes with a wide selection of level appropriate texts.

If I want to use my own readings, can I?

It’s possible to provide your own texts and questions, by creating a new Read Seed activity from scratch.

How do I grade Read Seed activities?

All Read Seed activities are capable of being auto-graded, so the teachers can focus on other things. It’s also possible to check results manually and override grades if necessary.

How long does it take to get the results?

It takes Read Seed a couple of minutes to provide oral reading fluency scores for a student’s recording. During this time students complete the comprehension questions and optional writing or retell fluency tasks. By the time they’ve finished, the results are ready!

How do I check my students’ writing?

Teachers set an expected word count for the writing task. If the student meets or exceed the word count, full points are awarded for the task. It’s also possible to view each student’s writing from the reports page and override the grade if necessary.

What if I don’t want my students to do a writing or retell task?

Writing and retell fluency tasks are optional. If you don’t want your students to do them, deselect them in the settings menu.

Can I use Read Seed with my school’s learning management system (LMS)?

Yes. Read Seed can be accessed from your LMS (e.g., Moodle, Blackboard, Canvas) through learning tool interoperability. 

Can I use Read Seed on my English language learners?

Extra reading practice is particularly beneficial for ELL and LEP students. If the grade level readings prove too difficult, just select texts from a lower level.

Is Read Seed appropriate for special education students?

Carefully tracking the reading progress of special education students is very important. However, conducting traditional pen and paper testing is difficult and time-consuming. Read Seed can help by enabling all learners to take the test at the same time, and our AI technology saves teachers countless hours of grading.