The studies of Eye movements have shown that proficient readers do not skip words, neither use context to process words or bypass phonics in establishing word recognition.
Reading requires letter-wise processing of the printed text and the ability to match symbols with the speech sounds that they represent. If you watch the eyes of a person scanning text at a normal rate, the eye seems to be ahead of the voice when we read aloud. Therefore tracking eye movements is vital for reading assessments.
Here are 7 benefits of eye tracking during reading assessment.
1- Enables objective measurements of reading fluency.
2- Boosts concentration.
3- Enables the ability to correlate speech with print.
4- Screens the abilities that need brushing.
5- Recalls Retention.
6- Increases questioning curiosity.
7- Improves virtual perception.
The use of eye-tracking to assess reading fluency is considered an efficient screening method as it screens out the abilities a child possesses or the abilities that need to be re-worked.