ERIC Number: ED561870
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Sep
Reference Count: 6
My Virtual Reading Coach: "An Analysis of Usage and Impact," 2013-14. Technical Note. Volume 3, Number 2
Urdegar, Steven M.
Research Services, Miami-Dade County Public Schools
My Virtual Reading Coach (MVRC) is an online program for students who have been identified as struggling readers. It is used as an intervention within the Response to Intervention (RtI) framework, as well as for students with disabilities. The software addresses reading sub-skills (i.e., comprehension, fluency, phonemic awareness, phonics, and vocabulary) and offers multiple approaches in several of them. Pre-recorded podcasts use speech pathologists and reading coaches to show the placement of the tongue, teeth, and lips in order to guide struggling readers. The software provides diagnostics in eye tracking and reading sub-skills, automatic progress monitoring, and individualized student learning plans. Students in grades K-12 with reading levels from pre-primer to grade 12 are expected to work with the software 30 minutes per day, four days a week. This purpose of this paper is to examine the usage, and to analyze the impact of the MVRC program on the M-DCPS students who used it during the 2013-14 school year. This analysis of the dose response and impact of My Virtual Reading Coach examined the reading achievement of struggling readers who worked with the application during the 2013-14 school year. The analysis compared participating students' posttest scores, at each of three levels of usage, to the posttest scores of a reference group, controlling for initial ability and demographic differences; and also compared their performance with that of similar students in similar schools who did not use the software. The findings indicate that the application did not improve the achievement of the students who used it.
Descriptors: Reading Difficulties, Intervention, Response to Intervention, Disabilities, Computer Software, Technology Uses in Education, Educational Technology, Reading Skills, Teaching Methods, Handheld Devices, Audio Equipment, Speech Language Pathology, Reading Teachers, Human Body, Eye Movements, Elementary Secondary Education, Program Evaluation, Program Effectiveness, Scores, Pretests Posttests, Student Characteristics, Achievement Tests, Standardized Tests, State Standards, Regression (Statistics)
Research Services, Miami-Dade County Public Schools. 1450 NE Second Avenue, Miami, FL 33132. Tel: 305-995-1000; Fax: 305-995-7521; Web site: http://www.dadeschools.net
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Research Services
Identifiers - Location: Florida
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test; Stanford Achievement Tests