Merit Software has just launched Reading Skill Builder,, a new web-based teaching tool to improve student reading comprehension and literacy skills.

Students who show that they can increase their ability to read increasingly difficult texts tend to succeed as readers. Reading Skill Builder helps students’ make the transition to read at higher levels.

The program finds gaps and provides instruction in specific reading skills such as vocabulary, sequence, fact-opinion, factual recall, inference, and author's purpose. Readers become alert to details, nuances, and inferences that make up the meaning of a text.

After an assessment, students advance through the program at their own...

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