A new machine called the Visagraph II is being credited with improving students' reading scores in more than 600 schools, according to its producers. The device, hooked up to special goggles that produce a computerized record of a reader's eye movements, lets school officials test students for eye-related reading problems, the company said.

Created by Taylor Associates of Huntington Station, N.Y., the Visagraph II can tell whether a student's eyes are "tracking" correctly, the company said--checking whether the student's eyes are moving quickly, smoothly, and simultaneously across a line of print. The machine also shows how long a student fixates


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