The Florida Department of Education on April 27 unveiled a new reading assessment program intended to use web-based technology to quickly identify a student’s strengths and weaknesses in reading, reports the Miami Herald. The program will be funded in part by a $525,000 grant from the AT&T Foundation. Laptop computers with special software will track the progress of students in kindergarten through second grade in a series of reading exercises. The software allows teachers to better target their reading instruction. The pilot effort will be available in select schools in April and May, and statewide this fall, officials said…

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