Frequently Asked Questions


What is Read With Me?

Read With Me is a new mobile application that makes student reading fluency assessments easier to administer. The benefits of using Read With Me includes: a library of passages ready to use; fast and accurate calculations of words per minute read, number of errors; easy to share reports to parents, students, and staff involved in student's educational progress; and an all digital solution avoiding endless piles of photocopies.

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How can I sign up?

Read With Me is available as a free web app for the time being. Please sign up here.

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What if I have a problem signing up?

If you have a problem with the link or access code, or can't activate your account please contact us.

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What web browsers work with Read With Me?

Read With Me is a web based app that should work with most recent internet browsers. It has been tested on the iPhone, iPad, and Android devices.

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How can my school sign up?

Please use the contact form to contact us about schoolwide licenses and solutions customized to your specific needs.

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My company is interested in providing funding/partnering with this project.

We are excited about all the partners and investors interested in our new solution to student fluency assessments. Please contact us here and someone will be happy to talk with you further.

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Are your passages normed?

All of the passages included in the basic library have a Lexile Framework measure that determines their grade level. User uploaded passages may vary and should be independently graded before publishing. If you know the grade level equivalency of the passages you are adding you can enter that information along with the passage itself.

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What is the difference between the site and the iPad app?

The Read With Me Fluency iPad app takes advantage of more features available like video and audio recording. Through the front-facing camera, a student can record video of the assessment as they read aloud. That video can be saved and shared along with the report. An offline mode is also available, that lets uers record audio only, but requires no internet connection. Most other features available through the web are also supported in the iPad app.

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Do I have to download two iPad apps to assess my students on two separate iPads

There are several ways to use Read With Me. With the iPad app, you may download it one one iPad for your students to read, and use another internet-connected device to evaluate the reading. Some people prefer to use the iPad app to do the evaluating, and let students read from paper or from another synced device through the online version. You may download the iPad app as many times without charge as long as you use the same Apple ID. If the same Apple ID is associated with several iPads, then Read With Me Fluency can be installed on all of them for no additional cost.

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Is the data between the offline iPad version and the online app synced?

At the present moment, both sets of data are separate. In future updates, we will allow for syncing of offline data with online accounts.

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How often should I assess students?

Students, at a minimum, should be officially assessed at the beginning of the school year, no more than 6 weeks into instruction, and towards the end in order to measure growth. Additional assessments are recommended every month or every few weeks depending on a student's progress.

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If my student has met the benchmark, do I still need to test her?

In many cases, a teacher can forego a fluency examination if a student has scored well above the benchmark for the grade level for that time of year. This allows for the teacher to spend more time assessing students who do not meet benchmark, or who are reading well below grade level. It is up to the teacher's discretion when to schedule assessments and for whom, but it is generally recommended that even students at benchmark be given a beginning and end-of-the-year assessment.

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How can I set and change my student's reading level?

A teacher can change a student's reading level at any time. Simply go to the class that student is in, select the name from the class list, and select "Profile" to edit student information, including reading level. Read With Me will also automatically suggest that a student's reading level be modified based on official test results. To allow for automated reading levels, go to "Settings" and make sure the option to "Allow Automatic Reading Levels" is set to "Yes".

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How did you establish your benchmarks?

Benchmarks are aligned to the National Fluency Norms and correspond to the grade and time of the assessments.

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Can I add my own texts?

Read With Me allows users to add their own custom passages. Go to "Library" or "My passages" and select "New Passage". Enter Passage title, select grade, if known, and enter text into the field. Select a category for the passage, and add optional comprehension questions. Please refer to Terms of Service for acceptable use of copyrighted materials. (click here).

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Can I use a self-Assessment as an official assessment?

It is not generally recommended to take a self assessment as an official assessment due to issues of validity. Official assessments are meant to be used to assign grades, measure benchmarks, or even for placing kids in intervention groups. However a teacher may use it at their own discretion. Self-assessments are meant to inform parents and students of on-going progress, while teachers may use them to monitor weekly or monthly growth in an informal way, allowing for asynchronous scoring of a student's oral reading.

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Should I mark proper nouns as miscues?

Use your own discretion when choosing an error. Read With Me leaves teachers the ultimate discretion to determine what constitutes an error. In some cases leeway can be given for accents, speech pathologies, etc. Also, refer to any district or site best practices for information on how to choose a miscus, or read our document on "Miscue Analysis" (click here).

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Why do students need assessment tokens?

Read With Me makes any two web devices syncable. Tokens represent a simple, yet powerful way to establish a session ID that can be tracked and saved. Each assessment is a session that can begin at any point after a code has been generated. This way a student can take the assessment the following day if needed. A teacher may generate a list of batch codes and print it as well along with the students that correspond to each code.

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Can I print my reports?

Yes. A parent or teacher can print a report, if a wireless printer is available from a mobile device, or on a desktop or laptop connected to a printer. On the "Report" screen choose the option to "Print", select desired printer and print. Please refer to your device's printer setup or utility to manage printing.

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How do I make a student's self-assessment an official assessment?

Teacher have ability to change student grade level manually. A self assessment can be reviewed by teacher and approved as official and valid after she/he views the recording.

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