School Districts in Wisconsin and Illinois Leverage Lexia Reading Core5 to Drive Literacy Gains as Part of Personalized Learning and 1:1 Initiatives
BOSTON (June 4, 2015) – To meet the demands of reaching higher levels of reading competency for students in grades pre-K–5, districts in Illinois and Wisconsin have chosen to implement the personalized instructional technology of Lexia Reading® Core5®. The highly regarded program is quickly becoming an integral part of language arts blended learning models and 1:1 initiatives as more than 350 schools and districts in both states have implemented the program.
Having worked with Lexia Learning for nearly two decades and an Apple Distinguished 1:1 District award recipient, Berwyn South School District 100 in Illinois deployed Lexia Reading Core5 across all elementary schools at the beginning of the 2014–15 school year. “When we had the opportunity to implement Lexia with our district-wide Apple iPad® and MacBook® laptop program, we had no hesitation whatsoever,” said Colleen Cummings, director of special education at Berwyn South School District 100. “Our struggling readers needed a structured reading program like Lexia that applies proven research, science and methodologies to accelerate fundamental literacy skills acquisition. By providing our students with this relevant program for literacy, coupled with our 1:1 devices, we believe we now have all the right pieces in place so that learning never stops. And the data is echoing that fact.”
“We’re at an exciting place right now in education,” said Nick Gaehde, President of Lexia Learning. “We remain committed to enabling teachers to engage with students in ways previously not possible, while offering improved options for supporting students with a wide range of learning needs. Implementations such as these empower each student and invigorate classrooms everywhere while opening the door to limitless opportunities for improved academic outcomes.”
Mid-year results from Berwyn South School District 100 show significant progress among students who were categorized as high risk of not meeting end-of-year benchmarks. When they consistently met their personalized recommended minutes on the program, the number of at-risk students was reduced by more than half—from 32 percent to 15 percent between September 2014 and February 2015. Cummings continued, “Our decision to add a more personalized approach to teaching is making a huge impact in helping each of our students become better readers.”
Developed by Lexia Learning, a Rosetta Stone® company (NYSE:RST), Lexia Reading Core5 is based on 30 years of educational research and designed to provide a personalized learning path for each student, including scaffolding and explicit instruction that supports students if they struggle. Addressing all strands of reading, each of the 18 levels of age-appropriate, skill-specific activities aligns to the most rigorous state standards, including the Common Core State Standards. The program simplifies differentiated instruction, enabling at-risk students to close the reading gap more quickly while allowing on-level and advanced students to continue to progress.
Joining Berwyn South as a 1:1 district using Lexia Reading Core 5 is West Allis-West Milwaukee School District in Wisconsin. Jill Ries, the district’s K-12 instructional services coordinator, decided to use Lexia Reading Core5 for all pre-K-5 students across the district because of the prescriptive nature of the system. “Everyone benefits from using Lexia; above grade-level students get enrichment and our struggling readers get far more than a phonics or decoding program—they get a comprehensive tool that has all the right components for personalized learning and teacher-led instruction that drives substantial gains,” she said.
Ries also stated that the program’s Assessment Without Testing® technology is a game-changer. “This embedded assessment technology gathers student performance data without administering a test,” she said. “It provides our teachers and intervention specialists with real-time reports on student progress as well as individualized action plans that recommend targeted instructional strategies and structured lessons — including the minutes-per-week of software usage each student needs to improve performance on grade-level assessments. As educators, when we can use norm- and criterion-referenced measurements that are correlated to, and highly predictive of, student outcomes on commonly used measures such as MAP, we can feel certain about its effectiveness.”
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