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What Should We Look for in Good Reading Software?—Joseph Torgesen

Q:My LEA is planning on investing in reading software for help with elementary students who are struggling in any area of reading. There's such a bewildering mass of different programs out there and I don't want to waste the money. What should we look for in good reading software for decoding, fluency, comprehension, etc.?—Kevin F., Herndon, VA.
To address this question, TeachingLD turned to one of the world's top researchers on the use of technology in reading, Dr. Joseph Torgesen of the Florida Center for Reading Research at Florida State University. Here's the beginning of Dr. Toregsen's answer. Joe, thanks a lot for you help!—WebEditors.
A:This is an excellent question, and I'm glad that your LEA is considering the purchase of computer software to assist in providing instruction and systematic practice for students struggling in learning to read. I have believed for some time that part of the solution to preventing serious reading difficulties in students with learning disabilities involves the use of computer technology as a support for teacher led instruction….