Digital Promise, the organization known for its commitment to advancing educational innovation to strengthen learning, recently recognized Zinc for efforts to build our Reading Labs tools with a strong research foundation.
Zinc is unique in its combination of in-context vocabulary and diverse content - and this mix wasn't a random decision! We chose to link these two components because research consistently shows that students need to know at least 90-95% of words in a text in order to comprehend what they're reading. Researchers also find that explicit vocabulary instruction is crucial, even for secondary school students. Our experiences as educators confirm the importance of word and term knowledge for reading success.
To learn more about the adolescent literacy research upon which we based Zinc, start by checking out this report from the US Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences .