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Teaching software flooding into New Jersey classrooms

A computer voice guides 12-year-old Amir Accoo to spell the words he hears through his headphones: emergency, bulldozer, minutes. Accoo spells “minutes” wrong and is asked to try that one again, several times. Later, he clicks on a proofreading button, according to the Hechinger Report.

“You check what you have wrong out of the spelling words I just did,” Accoo explained as he looked at different spellings of the word until he spotted the correct one and moved the cursor to it, “and you just click on it, like this.”

Accoo is in the sixth grade at Asbury Park Middle School, but because he is so far below grade level when it comes to reading, he goes to a new type of reading class each day instead of a traditional one. Computer-driven classes are now spreading fast across the country to help bottom students catch up. Already more than 400 schools in New Jersey are using Scholastic Inc.’s Read 180 program that Accoo is learning from…

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