If children with reading problems are not given targeted support, or if their needs are not recognised in primary school, this has a lasting impact on their written language skills. To help school students with their learning and at the same time relieve teaching staff, a digital solution for assessing German reading proficiency is to be developed within the LeseKind project. Children read texts aloud, which are then analysed by means of automatic speech assessment, using the technologies for automatic speech recognition and analysis of Fraunhofer IDMT's Oldenburg Branch Hearing, Speech and Audio Technology HSA. In this way, specific parameters enable conclusions to be drawn about reading fluency and accuracy. An algorithm then assesses the children’s reading skills and rates their performance individually.
Regular and constructive feedback on individual reading competence is the foundation for reading success. Based on the assessment of children’s reading performance, individual training material can be offered. First of all, a reliable speech recognition system for children’s voices and read speech is to be developed in the project, followed by an assessment of reading proficiency with the aid of artificial intelligence. Apart from integrating ethical and legal aspects, the aim is to conduct a comprehensive pilot study in the LeseKind project. The goal of the project is later integration into an eKidz.eu app.