Reading Research Center Announces Early Literacy Assessment Using Speech Recognition Technology

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Florida State University’s  Florida Center for Reading Research (FCRR) has announced a multi-year partnership with SoapBox Labs, to create language and literacy assessments for young children.  

While literacy assessment is critical to identifying challenges early on, young children are unable to perform the sort of tasks associated with traditional formative assessments.  SoapBox Labs’ speech recognition technology was built specifically for kids and their early literacy needs.  

FCRR's pilot studies of SoapBox Labs’ speech recognition technology commenced in September 2019 with assessments of 1,000 students - from kindergarten through 2nd grade - across Florida, Oregon, Atlanta and South Carolina.  

The partnership between SoapBox Labs and FCRR is part of the Reach Every Reader initiative, which was launched in early 2018 with funding from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI).