Announce an expanded literacy portfolio to reach every learner

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An expanded portfolio of reading tools to reach every learner

As educators around the world focus on accelerating learning for all, the pandemic continues to widen pre-existing achievement gaps, hitting the most vulnerable students the hardest. Digital reading tools can help ensure that all learners can explore their full potential. Literacy Solutions designed with the aim of meeting a diverse set of student needs, making them better for everyone.1 All students deserve equitable opportunities to develop strong literacy skills to succeed in the classroom and beyond, and teachers deserve more support to help their students achieve these goals. Today we are excited to announce the new Reading Coach experience in Microsoft Teams and updates to Reading Progress designed to help provide the best support for all learners.

Introducing the Reading Coach

Reading fluency, the ability to read with speed, accuracy, and meaningful expression, remains an integral component of academic success and future achievement.2 Recognizing words is important and developing a deeper understanding of text is also key to cultivating strong literacy skills. Reading coach is a reading practice tool for students that automatically generates individualized exercises based on each student’s specific needs. This new offering complements our current portfolio of tools helping students develop critical literacy skills, including Reading Progress, Education Overview, immersive reader, etc. Once a student uploads a reading progress assignment, Reading Coach automatically identifies the words the student struggled with and creates additional opportunities for practice. The new feature provides guidance on correct pronunciation and syllabication, shares visuals to aid vocabulary recall, and positively reinforces students to help build their confidence as readers. Reading Coach and Reading Progress work in tandem to help teachers provide just-in-time support, freeing them up to focus on each student’s academic and emotional development.3

As part of our efforts to improve literacy for all ages and abilities, the launch of Reading Progress came with Immersive Reader technology last July. We are delighted to share that Reading Coach will be integrated into Immersive Reader, our free reading tool that supports equitable education. Now, students of all skill levels can access personalized, quality coaching on reading fluency in Microsoft 365 apps. Reading Coach’s integration into Immersive Reader also gives students features like Microsoft Translator that offer real-time assistance designed to help all students, including English learners and students with special educational needs, better understand concepts and text.

“Reading Coach is truly a dream come true for teachers, once students have finished reading their passage it gives them instant feedback on the words they struggled with the most. Students are then prompted to select the word they want to improve, and Reading Coach will show them step by step how to break the word down by syllables and pronounce each syllable to read fluently I think it’s amazing what we would do in the past with a student who was struggling with a word now can be done with AI in Reading Coach.―Angela Milversted, instructional coach, Chino Valley Unified School District.

We are committed to inclusive learning for the future, not only in theory, but also by providing real literacy solutions for all students, teachers and school administrators. Reading Coach should be available in Teams for Education in time for summer 2022.4

New Reading Progress Updates

I am delighted to announce that we are also expanding our portfolio of built-in reading tools with new updates for Reading progress. The tool helps educators save time by creating individualized reading fluency assignments that help meet student needs with powerful information easily used to inform teaching. In addition to measuring and identifying correct words per minute, accuracy rates and difficult words, newly updated reading progress will track all three components of reading fluency with the addition of automatic detection prosody— patterns of expression and intonation in a language. Prosody is a key component of reading fluency and is related to reading comprehension, as fluent and expressive reading can help students deepen their understanding of text. The new updates will also include support for more than 100 languages and more actionable information. The tool enables all types of learners to work at their own pace, in a safe and supportive environment, and helps teachers provide just-in-time support. We will also allow teachers to see which phonic rules that students struggle with, providing more information to help inform teaching.5

“Reading Progress is a transformational addition to a teacher’s repertoire of tools: and it is also a transformational way for students themselves to enjoy and actively participate in advancing their reading lives.” ― Pam Allyn, literacy expert.

All students deserve access to carefully designed tools to accelerate their growth and development as learners. Today, all schools with an Office 365 or Microsoft 365 license can access what is currently available in Reading Progress for free using Teams Assignments. In summer 2022, we will launch Reading Coach and add prosody and phonetics rules to Reading Progress.6 Learn more about these solutions and how to get started by visiting Microsoft Education.


1 Eeffects of inclusion on academic achievement and adaptive behavior of children with intellectual disabilities. Dessemontet RS, Bless G, Morin D. J Intellect Disabil Res. 2012 Jun;56(6):579-87. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2788.2011.01497.x. November 2011 online publication

2 https://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/ED607625.pdf

3 Accelerated learning can counter learning loss | Harvard Graduate School of Education

4 Northern Hemisphere only

5 English speaking markets only

6 Northern Hemisphere only

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