How it works

Eye movements can offer valuable insight into the complex cognitive and linguistic processes behind reading. Using the latest in eye tracking technology to measure when, where, and how a pupil’s eyes move in relation to the words they are reading, we can pick up on minor differences in the way they process text.

The eyes of a pupil with a high reading ability generally move through a passage of text with short, quick movements, whereas the eyes of those with a lower reading ability tend to move much slower, and they may fixate upon individual words. By studying such differences in saccadic movement and fixation time we can quickly evaluate how effectively the main processes involved with reading work together.

Image showing the difference between the eye movements of a high ability reader and those of a low ability reader

When it comes to helping teachers identify pupils with potential reading difficulties, our assessment can offer a fresh perspective by highlighting specific problem areas. Some of these can be easily addressed, such as issues with reading speed, difficulties with certain sounds, or simply a lack of confidence with reading aloud.

With immediate results, which for the first time enable you to see what reading silently looks like, teachers can work with our dedicated intervention package to support both emerging and fluent readers in their further development.

“Often as a teacher, you see a child struggling to read and think, I wish I could go inside their head and see what the issue is.  Lexplore lets us do that. We can look at the movement in pupils’ eyes and see how their brain processes information.  It provides a window into how pupils read.”

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