About Inference Galaxy

The Inference Galaxy evolved as a partnership between U of M researchers and local school districts. It is an interactive and innovative resource to support student reading comprehension in an MTSS framework.


MIA, ELCII, and TeLCI are part of the Inference Galaxy and are designed to measure and support K-2 students’ inference-making skill, a cornerstone of reading comprehension, in a non-reading context. ELCII and TeLCI are built upon major findings in cognitive, developmental, instructional, and assessment research by our team:

  • Early language comprehension skills that are developed in non-reading contexts (e.g., video comprehension) contribute significantly to later reading achievement.
  • Language comprehension skills--particularly inference-making--transfer across different media.
  • Children’s inference-making can be improved using questioning that includes scaffolding and specific feedback (McMaster et al., 2012).
  • Technology provides a cost-effective, standardized, individualized delivery of instructional tools in classroom settings.


The Inference Galaxy tool may be useful to you if you want to:

  • Teach your K-2 students to practice inference-making in a non-reading (video) context.
  • Assess your K-2 students’ inference-making skills for teaching purposes.
  • Measure K-2 students’ inference-making skills for research purposes.


If you are interested in using Inference Galaxy, click here for more information about how to access it.