Personalized Learning Approach Proven Effective in Advancing Foundational Reading
Skills for Students of All Abilities in Grades Pre-K–5
BOSTON — Feb. 10, 2014 — As educators strive to strike the right balance between technology and traditional teacher-led instructional methods, KIPP Delta Elementary Literacy Academy in Arkansas and E.L. Haynes Public Charter School in Washington, D.C., are joining thousands of schools nationwide who have turned to Lexia Reading Core5™ to help students accelerate the development of critical foundational literacy skills and help empower higher levels of teacher effectiveness.
Developed by Lexia Learning®, a Rosetta Stone® (NYSE:RST) company, Lexia Reading Core5 was the first cloud-based pre-K–5 technology-based reading program to provide explicit instruction that helps students achieve reading proficiency with increasingly challenging reading content.
“We were struggling to find just the right product to support our students and our teachers,” said KIPP Delta assistant principal, John Bennetts. “Lexia Reading Core5 is masterful in the way it keeps the kids engaged at just the right level to accelerate their reading skills while giving our teachers and classroom volunteers resources, like scripted lessons, that go right to the heart of a particular skill or activity that a student or a group of students had found to be a real stumbling block. You can tell a great deal of research went in to its development.”
Three years in the making and built upon Lexia’s research-proven, award-winning methodology, Lexia Reading Core5 expands the scope of the award-winning Lexia Reading® program by covering six areas of reading: phonological awareness, phonics, structural analysis, vocabulary, automaticity and comprehension for all abilities through grade five.
For administrators at E.L. Haynes Public Charter School, Lexia Reading Core5 is being added as an intervention resource for Tier II students in grades one through four. The school decided to implement the program after seeing older students make significant gains using Lexia’s program designed for remedial students in grades 6 and above, called Lexia Strategies™.
“We saw many of our struggling readers in grades six through eight gain almost two years of growth after just one year of using Lexia with fidelity in our blended learning literacy lab,” said Jeanne Chang, director of technology innovation. “What we like about Lexia is that it provides the opportunity to practice and develop foundational literacy skills such as decoding and phonics while building vocabulary, so students can access increasingly challenging texts. The reports give teachers strategic insights about the specific support students need to close individual skill gaps, and the program includes corresponding resources to facilitate this instruction.”
The design of Lexia Reading Core5 creates personalized learning paths for every student, whether struggling, on-level or needing more challenge, by providing explicit instruction and immediate corrective feedback. Students work independently in 18 unique levels of engaging, self-paced activities that take them on adventures around the world. Throughout the program, students interact with complex text as they develop critical literacy, listening and reading comprehension skills.
If a student struggles with a particular activity, he or she is presented with a scaffolded approach to mastering the relevant skill. If the student continues to struggle, he or she receives skill-specific, explicit instruction online, and if necessary, teacher-led instruction using Lexia’s scripted lesson materials. This personalized approach simplifies differentiated instruction, enabling at-risk students to close the gap more quickly and helping on-level and advanced students to continue to progress with support from their teacher as needed.
As students work in the program, Lexia’s proprietary technology found in its Assessment Without Testing® system gathers norm-referenced performance data—without stopping the flow of instruction to administer a test—and adjusts each student’s learning path accordingly. Teachers and administrators receive real-time reports on individual student progress toward mastery on the Common Core State Standards as well as reports indicating each student’s probability of meeting end-of-year, grade-level benchmarks. The system also generates individualized action plans recommending structured lessons and the proper intensity of instruction necessary to improve student performance and meet benchmarks.
Chang added, “This program, coupled with our teachers’ experience, puts together the best resources for building the foundational skills that are required for significant academic gains to take root.”
About Lexia Learning
Established with a promise to improve student literacy through the use of technology, today more than one million students are currently improving their reading proficiency with Lexia Reading software. A Rosetta Stone (NYSE:RST) company, Lexia has been nationally recognized and proven effective in six peer-reviewed, research-based outcome studies published in scientific journals such as The Journal of Reading Research and the Bilingual Research Journal. For more information, visit www.lexialearning.com or call 1-800-435-3942.
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