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Comprehension Checks

How can students check their own understanding of a piece of text? How can teachers quickly get a sense of student understanding in order to determine what to reteach or what feedback to give? By embedding comprehension checks, both students and teachers can get quick feedback that can help them know when to move ahead to new content or revisit challenges.

Our demo doesn’t have embedded comprehension checks yet, but a future version might. Tell us what you think about this feature and send us related research to explore by emailing

A screen grab of an embedded comprehension check in a digital reading environment.

Embedded comprehension checks can help teachers and students understand what students took away from the reading.


Related Guidelines

The features of the CISL tools are related to existing guidelines and best practices, including the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) and the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Guidelines. The feature of embedded comprehension checks is connected to:

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Guidelines

Embedded comprehension check examples  

Interested in seeing how other projects are using embedded curriculum-based measurement? Check out CBMreading for an example of how this can be put into practice. Reading Rockets includes Target the Problem!, a tool to point to students’ reading challenges.

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