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Issue 17: Relay Reader: A Virtual Reading Partner Who Takes Turns Reading with the Learner

It is more important than ever to be able to read fluently and understand what one reads. However, one-third of fourth-graders in the United States don't reach even the basic level of reading, according to the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). Focus on ETS R&D talked to four scientists about their work on an interactive book reading app. Relay Reader is built to support the development of the learner's reading fluency and stamina while enjoying a good story.

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