The Research Behind our Tools
Dr. James “Mike” Royer’s research focused initially on the development, validation, and uses for a new technique for measuring reading and listening comprehension. The technique is called the Sentence Verification Technique (SVT) and has been used in well over 100 research studies—the majority conducted by researchers other than Mike who are examining reading and listening comprehension.
Take a look at these articles by Dr. Royer and other researchers to learn more:
Research On Reading Comprehension Difficulties
A major thrust of Royer’s research was an attempt to identify the reasons why readers had difficulty with reading comprehension. This research resulted in the development of computer-based procedures that identified a variety of cognitive difficulties that inhibited reading comprehension. These computer-based procedures provide the foundation of the Assessment tools contained in the Reading Success Lab software.
Research On Remediating Reading Difficulties
Royer’s research on the causes of reading comprehension difficulties led to a desire to try and “fix” the problems that blocked the development of skilled reading. This desire resulted in Royer starting a clinic at the University of Massachusetts that provided services to children and adults with learning difficulties. The clients served by the clinic were referred by a range of educational professionals and quite often included individuals who had had a lot of phonics based reading interventions and those interventions had failed to make students better readers. Over time he developed interventions that proved to be successful with all students (dyslexic and poor readers). These intervention procedures provide the foundation for the Skill Builder interventions contained in the Reading Success Lab software. A sample publication resulting from this research is listed below.