Title: Automatic Assessment of Children's Reading Level
Authors: Duchateau, Jacques ×
Cleuren, Leen
Van hamme, Hugo
Ghesquière, Pol #
Issue Date: 2007
Host Document: Proceedings of the European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology pages:1210-1213
Conference: European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology edition:10 location:Antwerp, Belgium date:27-31 August 2007
Abstract: In this paper, an automatic system for the assessment of
reading in children is described and evaluated. The assessment
is based on a reading test with 40 words, presented one by one
to the child by means of a computerized reading tutor. The score
that expresses the child’s reading performance is calculated as
the total time needed to read the 40 words divided by the number
of correctly read words. In each grade, children are classified
in 5 groups based on their score as provided by human
annotators. We show that when the score for a child is assessed
automatically using a speech recognizer, a classification can be
obtained with a substantial agreement (Cohen’s Kappa over 0.6)
with the human classification. As all children in the experiments
were classified either correctly or in an adjoining group, we can
conclude that the proposed system can provide large time gains
in current manual classification procedures.
Description: IWT project SPACE (sbo/040102)
ISSN: 1990-9772
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IC
Appears in Collections:Parenting and Special Education
ESAT - PSI, Processing Speech and Images
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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