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Intelligent Tutoring for Structure Strategy (ITSS)
Adolescent Literacy

Web-Based Intelligent Tutoring for the Structure Strategy (ITSS) is a supplemental web-based program for students in grades K-8. It is intended to develop literacy skills needed to understand factual texts encountered in classrooms and everyday life. The program teaches students how to follow the logical structure of factual text and to use text structure to improve understanding and recall. In particular, ITSS highlights five main text structures that are used to (1) make comparisons; (2) present problems and solutions; (3) link causes and effects; (4) present sequences; and (5) describe things, people, creatures, places, or events. The program helps students classify the structure of a passage by identifying certain key words, such as “solution” and “in contrast,” that clue readers in to the type of arguments the text is making.


studies that met standards out of
eligible studies reviewed
Effectiveness Rating Grades Evidence Tier
Comprehension Positive effects 4-7

Last Updated: April 2020


Male: 52%
Female: 48%
Note: This summary only includes data from studies that reported sample information. The Intervention Report may include evidence from other studies that met standards, but did not report sample information.

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This intervention report was prepared for the WWC by Mathematica under contract WWC-OREGANO-91990018C0009.

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