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Reading Comprehension Below State Assessment Standards


Area of Concern: Reading Comprehension
Submitted by: Parent
Grade Level: Elementary School
Competency: Below Level
I need help selecting programs that would best benefit my daughter. She is a 5th grader, who reads slightly below grade level. Recent Michigan State Assessment results indicted she is below standards in reading, writing, math and science. While a fluent reader and good speller, she does not seem to successfully process what she reads. Making inferences, and seeing "the big picture" are especially difficult. She has little metacognitive awareness, or ability to interact with the text and check for meaning on her own. As for math, she struggles - conceptual knowledge is lacking, and this impacts her ability to retain basic facts or work successfully through things like fractions.

By the way, I am also a teacher - I am not pleased with the support options at school and am looking for something different than the usual. We need something that teaches comprehension skills, rather than more "read it, answer the questions, redo it".

I like what I see so far, and would appreciate some specific advice on appropriate programs.


We can help your 5th grader. We have helped many parents in your situation improve their child's reading comprehension skills.

Our most popular programs for these purposes are Reading Comprehension Booster and Reading Shape-Up.

Reading Comprehension Booster; is designed for students in U.S. grades 3 through 5 (ages 8 and up), the software helps students improve reading comprehension.

Reading Shape-Up; is designed for students in U.S. grades 3 through 5 (ages 8 and up), the software helps students master specific reading skills: main idea, vocabulary, sequence, fact-opinion, factual recall, and inference.


Based on your question, Merit Software recommends the following programs:

Merit Software's Solutions lists many more programs can help with your educational success. For a complete list, please visit Merit Solutions.

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