Reading is a challenge for many students, creating a learning disadvantage that deepens over time. Once struggling readers reach middle and high school, they have a decreased interest in learning and a growing deficit in comprehension and content-area knowledge. Read how Hillsborough County Public Schools (HCPS) is using BrightFish Reading to improve outcomes for FSA Level 1 students. Download the Florida schools brief.
BrightFish Reading is a research-based, online program for grade 2 through high school. Using text deconstruction and self-paced, mastery learning, students become active, independent readers through:
◆ a wide range of fiction and nonfiction topics and genres
◆ high-interest text and video, feedback and rewards
◆ text automaticity, word knowledge and comprehension skills
◆ browser-based access on a wide range of devices
◆ Grade-level gains in just 1 hour per week
In order to comprehend text, readers need sufficient working memory to draw out the meaning from the words they read. In their information-processing model of automaticity, LeBerge and Samuels (1974) explained that mastering reading sub-skills (such as rapid word recognition) to the point of automaticity allows readers to use their cognitive capacity to attend to the meaning of what is being read. Slow, effortful word recognition inhibits reading comprehension because it consumes the working memory needed for understanding the content of the text (Begeney, 2013).
BrightFish Reading breaks down each passage to word level. Students work on visual match and sound match activities, moving from one and two-letter words up to the most difficult words in the passage. For each response, the BrightFish system measures accuracy and speed. Students must demonstrate automatic recognition of each word before moving to higher levels of difficulty.
Unique to BrightFish Reading is phrase fluency, where students demonstrate rapid and accurate processing of short phrases from the passage.
When students complete the fluency series of activities, they have mastered every word in the passage they are about to read.
Demo site – Review the BrightFish Reading scope and sequence and student experience. Click on the demo icon or type in https://admin.brightfishlearning.com.
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