Front Row ELA applies same fundamental teaching techniques as the company’s math program to help students succeed in reading comprehension

reading-ELAFront Row Education has launched Front Row ELA, a new reading comprehension program for first through eighth grade classrooms. Front Row ELA provides teachers key tools to help their students improve their reading comprehension skills, regardless of their proficiency level.

More than 300 articles are available for use, with hundreds more scheduled to be added in the coming months.

Front Row Math launched in 2013 and is now used by over 20 percent of U.S. schools. With the launch of Front Row ELA, the company’s adaptive, gamified, and data-driven approach now enters the language arts.

“The Front Row ELA program format is an ideal fit for my classroom,” said Kellianne Miley, a 4th grade teacher in Primos, Pennsylvania. “I love that I get a level for each student’s reading ability right off the bat, and really like the variety of articles Front Row provides, as many of them are in line with what I am teaching in social studies and science, and are things my kids actually find interesting. This cross curriculum teaching not only helps my students learn, but it taps into my goals as a teacher.”

To begin the program, a student takes a short diagnostic test which gives the teacher a recommended level for the student. The program then offers passages and subsequent questions on one of the 60 topics a teacher can choose from. These range from Jackie Robinson to hurricanes to the first moon landing, and are designed to fit with lessons already being taught in class. As with the initial diagnostic test, student will receive increasingly difficult passages and questions that move them forward in their reading comprehension skills.

“Teachers were looking for something with the same fundamental design as our math program for language arts, so we developed Front Row ELA based on these requests,” said Sidharth Kakkar, co-founder and CEO of Front Row. “The new program is an extension of what we learned teachers need most: tools to help determine the skill level of their students quickly and efficiently, and programs that allow for learning to take place at an individual’s level.”

Teachers and students do not need to use Front Row Math in order to use Front Row ELA. For teachers already using the math program, Front Row ELA will be accessible to students under their same account, and reporting on both programs will be available within the same dashboard.

Material from a press release was used in this report.

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