Reading Records just got better!


Since our initial release, we've talked with teachers and reading specialists from across the country about ways to improve Reading Records, our popular, cross-platform solution to running records of reading. The overall consensus: “Wow, this is great, but we want more!” So, here’s what you can expect from the latest version.

An easier way to add students

You can now add students to your class quickly and easily using our new add student tool. Simply enter the student’s name, create a username and password, and you’re done! The student can also log in to any Curriculum Pathways resource with the newly assigned credentials. As before, students that already have Curriculum Pathways accounts can still join your class using your class code.


Visualizations of students’ performance and progress

We added reporting tools to help you analyze students’ performance and monitor progress over time. Every time you grade an assignment or modify students’ reading levels, a series of graphs and charts update automatically. So, whether you’re interpreting an individual student’s results or comparing performance across your class, Reading Recs now provides all the data visualization tools you need.


Open-ended comprehension questions

Our library of passages now comes preloaded with open-ended comprehension questions. In addition to the existing multiple-choice questions and passage-retell prompts, you can ask students to type in open-ended responses in order to demonstrate comprehension. As with the other assessments, our open-ended questions can be edited to meet the needs of your students.


Greater support for classrooms with limited access to technology

Don’t have a classroom set of iPads? Don’t want to fool with student accounts? No problem. Students can now complete assignments right from your teacher dashboard. Just tap the “read now” button, and the assignment will display just as it would using a student account. And don’t worry, when the student is finished, you will be prompted to log in again to ensure your account remains private.


Built-in demo class for exploring features and sharing with colleagues

Our new demo class allows you to explore and share the features of Reading Recs without having to go through the process of creating a class and asking students to complete assignments. Now, you can simply tap the “start demo” and play around with an existing class of students. Each student in the demo class comes preloaded with pending, submitted, and completed assignments, so you know what you can expect out of this powerful app!


Additional passages and more!

As always, we’ve added more reading passages to the Reading Recs library—English/Spanish, fiction/nonfiction, and a range of Lexile levels. We've enhanced the overall interface as well. Whether you're creating assignments or filtering the library, we hope these changes make your experience with Reading Recs even better.

Have a suggestion for our next release? We’d love to hear from you!


About Author

Lucy Kosturko

Lucy Shores Kosturko, PhD manages product development for SAS Institute's K-12 educational initiatives, a suite of cross-platform offerings promoting data literacy, artificial intelligence and computer science. After graduating with a B.A. in psychology and computer science from Rhodes College, she earned a M.S. in computer science and PhD in educational psychology from North Carolina State University. Lucy lives in Raleigh, NC with her husband and two daughters.


  1. Does this app level students according to their own personal reading level, or does the teacher have to assign all reading assignments?

    • Lucy Kosturko

      Great question! Like a typical running record, teachers assign passages and comprehension tasks to individual students. After the student completes the assignment, the recording and completed comprehension tasks are sent back to the teacher for grading. Finally, Reading Records provides multiple metrics to guide data-driven decisions, but leaves all of the final leveling up to the teacher. For more information about ways in which you can integrate Reading Records into your instruction, check out this post.

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