How an AI tutor almost doubled my school’s literacy rate during the epidemic

In epidemics and post-epidemic education, teachers, school leaders and parents are concerned about bringing children back to grade level and closing the gap between achievement. In fact, according to a recent Academic Confidence Report from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 62 percent of teachers said that falling behind students this school year is a top concern.

Across the country, schools and districts have used additional funds to hire tutors who can provide additional support to students before, during, and even after school in an effort to help children learn the skills they need to become proficient.

At Brubecker Primary School (BPS) in Montgomery, AL, we decided to take advantage of Amira, an AI tutor from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, to help our students improve their reading achievement. Amira is a 1: 1 virtual reading tutor that uses state-of-the-art AI and voice recognition software. Our Amira implementation efforts have yielded wonderful and significant educational results.

When I became principal of Brewbecker Primary School in July 2020, the Alabama Literacy Act was already in place. This law states that all 3rd Grades should be able to read efficiently by the end of 3rd grade or there is a risk of failure. Reading skills at BPS in 2019 were only 18 percent where I came from then there is no data for the spring of 2020.

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