Getting started with Reading Progress in Teams

Reading Progress is a free tool built into Microsoft Teams designed to support and track reading fluency in your class. Students record their reading on camera and submit it to you. As you mark and return their work, data is automatically collected and organized in Insights, helping you spend more time with students and less time analyzing data. 

Create a Reading Progress assignment

Support independent reading practice with Reading Progress assignments in Teams. 

  1. Navigate to the General channel in the desired class, then select Assignments.

  2. Select Create>Assignment.

  3. Enter a title for this assignment – this is required.

  4. Select Attach. Then select Reading Progress from the dropdown menu.

  5. Choose Upload Word or PDF then select a passage from your files. 

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screenshot of the general channel in teams. a cursor hovers over Assignments on the left navigation. screenshot of assignment creation in teams after selecing attach reading progress is the 6th option in the dropdown

6.  (Optional) Complete the additional fields to create more data sorting opportunities when reviewing student work.

  • Reading level: Identify reading levels in the way that works best for your class. Any reading level you enter will be searchable in Insights.

  • Genre: Select Fiction or Non-fiction

  • Number of Attempts: Choose Unlimited to allow students plenty of opportunities to practice, or select any number to limit attempts.

  • Pronunciation sensitivity: Specify how strict you'd like Auto-detect to be when listening and estimating errors. Choose Less sensitive to leave more flexibility for pronunciation, and More sensitive to demand more exact reading performance. This setting is adjustable when reviewing student work. 

    Note: Pronunciation detection for each language is generalized based on common pronunciation and may not recognize accents and dialects well. This is just a starting point, and we are working to ensure those with accents and dialects are included. Use your discretion to mark errors manually when the speech detection does not meet the needs of your student.

  • Require video: Select No to give students the choice to submit audio only.

Note: Currently, Reading Progress mobile only supports audio recordings. Students using mobile devices will still be able to complete the assignment, but will not submit video.

  • Edit your passage: If you've uploaded a Word or PDF document of your own, you can edit the passage right in Reading Progress. Select Edit, then make any changes you'd like in the document. Select the checkmark when you're done editing.

  • Student View: Select student view to trial the student experience.

7. Select Next. 

screenshot of the selected passage, with additional options for modifying the assignment ​​​​​

8.  (Optional) Edit additional aspects of your assignment by adding Instructions, changing the Points or extending the Date due

9.  Select which student's you'd like to have complete this assignment, then select Assign.

Your students will be notified of their new assignment, and it will appear in your assignments list.​​​​​​

Screenshot of New assignment creation, mouse has clicked on the "All students" dropdown to reveal Individual students and Groups of students  ​​​​​

Review and Return student work in Reading Progress

Collect valuable data while you review and return student Reading Progress assignments. 

  1. Navigate to the General channel in the desired class, then select the Assignments tab at the top of the page.

  2. Under Assigned select the assignment you're ready to review.

  3. Assignments are sorted by To return and Returned.

  4. In Returned, select a student who has turned in their assignment. Their recording and the text they were assigned will open in your grading panel.

  5. Press Play on your student's recording to hear them read the passage.

  6. Mark and categorize student errors by selecting any word they misread. Choose an error type from the dropdown menu. Reading Progress will collect and tabulate the errors in the Accuracy rate and Correct words per minute cards at the top of the review panel.

  7. If the student has added additional words, you can insert them in the body of text. 

    • Select the word closest to where you would like to insert text.

    • Choose Edit text from the dropdown menu.

    • Select where you would like to insert text, then type in what you heard the student say.

  8. Enter feedback and points for the assignment, then select Return.

  9. Press the arrows next to your student's name to quickly navigate to the next student.​

Screenshot of the teacher grading pane reads: Geography reading passage., due January 15th 2021 12:59am, there are two tabs, to return (13) and Returned (0). The view of the to return tab is selected and two columns are visible, names and status. A number of student names are listed and statuses include "turned in" turned in 2 months late" and "Viewed" Screenshot of the review pane of Reading Progress, Sreenshot of review pane of reading progress showing how to insert words to the right or left of a selected word

Use Auto-detect to save time

Estimate student errors to save time. Auto-detect evaluates student recordings to identify likely mispronunciations and other reading errors for educators. Educators can always adjust the errors to reflect student performance.

Note: Auto-detect is a PREVIEW feature in Reading Progress that estimates errors based on common pronunciation. Documents in most languages can be uploaded and marked manually. View languages supported by Auto-detect.

  1. Toggle Auto-detect to On. Estimated errors will appear already marked and categorized on the passage and in the overview cards.

  2. Press Play on the student's recording to hear them read the passage.

  3. Select any word you want to adjust. You can recategorize errors, mark additional mistakes, or choose Mark as correct as needed. The collected data will retabulate as you make adjustments.

  4. To go directly to any word, select it in the passage and choose Jump to word from the drop-down menu. 

  5. If Auto-detect isn't interpreting your student well, try adjusting Pronunciation sensitivity to change how carefully Auto-detect is when listening and estimating errors. 

Screenshot of review pane of reading progress. Several words in the passage are highlighted in teal pink and orange indicating an error category, collected data is visible above the passage Screenshot of the dropdown that categorizes errors, you can mark errors as correct, omission, insertion, mispronunciation, repetition, or self-correction.

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Introduction to Reading Progress in Teams

Complete a Reading Progress assignment

Got a Reading Progress assignment due? To complete this assignment you will record yourself reading out loud. It looks just like your other assignments and will show up in your class team's General channel and in the Assignments tab. 

  1. Select View Assignment.

  2. Select the document under My work to open Reading Progress. 

    Note: The first time you complete a Reading Progress assignment, you will need to select Allow so the app can access your camera and audio recordings.

  3. Ready to read out loud? Press Start to begin.

  4. You can select the Immersive Reader   Icon for Immersive Reader  and choose the settings that help you read best.

  5. When you finish reading, select I'm done.

  6. If you'd like, you can review the recording you made. Press Play to review your recording. 

  7. If your educator allowed more than one try, you can choose Try again to create a new recording. 

  8. Select Use this recording to attach your recording to the assignment. 

  9. Don't forget to select Turn in to submit the assignment to your educator.

Celebrate - your brain is getting stronger!

screenshot of student experience. text reads "Geography reading passage, Due January 15th 2021 12:59 AM, instructions: please read this passage out loud and turn in, my work, a button that reads Geography.

screenshot of immersive reader in Reading Progress. options are shown including text size, spacing and background color

Screenshot of the student view of reading progress, a white girl with a few missing teeth smile into the camera and buttons below her read "try again" and "use this recording"

Languages that can use the Auto-detect feature

Auto-detect is a PREVIEW feature in Reading Progress that estimates errors based on common pronunciation. Documents in most languages can be uploaded and marked manually. Languages that are currently supported by Auto-detect include:

Arabic, Egypt

Arabic, Saudi Arabia

Arabic, United Arab Emirates

Bulgarian

Chinese

Chinese, Hong Kong

Chinese, Taiwan

Czech

Danish

Dutch

English, United States

English, Australia

English, Canada

English, Great Britain

English, India

English, New Zealand

French, Canada

French, France

German

German, Austria

Hebrew, Israel

Hindi, India

Italian

Japanese

Korean

Malay

Norwegian

Polish, Poland

Portuguese, Brazil

Portuguese, Portugal

Russian

Spanish, Spain

Spanish, Mexico

Swedish

Tamil

Vietnamese

We are working to include more languages and dialects. Use your discretion to mark errors manually when the speech detection does not meet the needs of your student.

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