The Benefits and Limitations of Readability Scores: A Closer Look at Their Use in Education

The use of readability scores, such as the Dale-Chall readability score and the Flesch score, has been fairly widespread in schools across the world as a way of evaluating the difficulty of texts and determining the appropriate level of difficulty for different age groups and reading abilities. These scores are often used to evaluate materials such as textbooks, children’s books, and instructional materials, as well as to assess the effectiveness of different teaching methods and materials.

Using Artificial Intelligence to improve special education

AI can also be used to identify children who may be in need of special education services by analyzing data on academic performance, behavior, and other factors. However, it is important to approach the use of AI in this context with caution and to consider the unique needs and abilities of each individual student. It is also important to recognize that AI algorithms are not a substitute for professional evaluation and assessment by qualified educators and other professionals, and to use AI as one tool among many in identifying children who may be in need of special education services.