Join the Global Challenge: Test the Effectiveness of Microsoft Reading Progress

May 17 / Dr Wayne Harrison
We are excited to invite you to participate in a ground breaking global challenge designed to test the effectiveness of Microsoft Reading Progress. This initiative offers a unique opportunity to not only enhance your students' reading skills but also contribute to a global evidence base on what truly works in education.

What is Microsoft Teams Reading Progress?

Microsoft Teams Reading Progress is a powerful tool integrated into Microsoft Teams that supports educators in improving their students' reading fluency. It allows teachers to assign reading passages, track progress, and provide personalised feedback. This tool is designed to save time for teachers while offering students a tailored reading experience that helps them grow at their own pace.

How Does the WhatWorked Teacher Evidence Base Support This Challenge?

WhatWorked Education has developed an innovative teacher evidence base to robustly test educational interventions like Microsoft Reading Progress. Here's how it works:

  • Class Selection: A teacher selects two classes of similar ability levels.
  • Group Allocation: Using the WhatWorked trial wizard, one class is allocated to the intervention group (using Reading Progress) and the other to the control group (following usual practices).
  • Baseline Assessment: The teacher sets a challenging reading task as a baseline (pre-assessment) for both groups and records the accuracy rates as the initial outcome measure.
  • Intervention Period: Over the next 6 to 8 weeks, the intervention group completes weekly reading tasks using Reading Progress, while the control group continues with regular reading activities.
  • Post Assessment: At the end of the trial, both groups retake the initial baseline reading task.
  • Data Input and Analysis: The anonymised data is inputted into the trial wizard, which generates an impact report for the teacher. WhatWorked Education then aggregates the data from all schools to create a comprehensive evidence base.

The control class can now access Reading Progress after the post assessment has been completed. The trial takes approximately 30 minutes to set up, requires no teacher marking and no personalised learner data is shared as all data is anonymised.

Why is it important to test EdTech?

Testing educational technology is crucial to ensure that the tools we use are effective and truly benefit students. By participating in this challenge, you are helping to build a robust evidence base that will inform future teaching practices and EdTech developments. This evidence base will empower educators worldwide to make data-driven decisions, ultimately leading to improved educational outcomes for all students.

How do you become involved?

We encourage you to join this exciting global challenge. Not only will you be contributing to a vital educational research project, but you will also gain valuable insights into your students' reading progress and the effectiveness of innovative EdTech tools.

Sign up today to become part of this transformative initiative. Together, we can shape the future of education and ensure that every student has the opportunity to succeed.

Sign up form: Sign up to the challenge and let us know your country and phase of education. We will then set up your country on the WhatWorked Teachers evidence base and email you a link to the trial (Access form).

If you would like to watch a short video from a previous pilot trial of a teacher evaluating Reading Progress in the UK, please click here

The WhatWorked Teachers evidence website can be found here
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