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MindPlay Updates its FLRT Reading Trainer

MindPlay has updated its reading fluency and comprehension program for K-12 schools. FLRT — a fluent reading trainer — is designed for improve students’ silent reading. Stories in the program have been certified by MetaMetrics to meet Common Core State Standards for text complexity as well as Lexile reading level requirements.

FLRT is designed to help students improve their reading level and speed after using the program for at least 10 hours. Students can work at their own pace, and the new FLRT is fully mobile, so educators and students can use it on any device with an Internet connection. FLRT provides students with differentiated practice intended to target their specific skills and help them become fluent readers.

The company recommends that students use the program for 15 minutes at a time, three or four times a week. FLRT is intended for students who are reading at or above grade level and have good phonics skills. Its goal is to get students to the point where they can read 400 or more words per minute with accuracy — the current expectation for college-bound seniors. The program features more than 1,000 narrative or expository stories, each of which can be read in six minutes or less. As they improve their reading level, students earn reward certificates, which can be printed.

FLRT generates reports at the district, school, classroom, and student levels. Reports track students’ words per minute read, number of stories completed, number and type of questions answered, attendance and time on task.

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Christopher Piehler is editor in chief of THE Journal.

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