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Press Release: Lexia Reading Core5 Dramatically Improves Student Achievement in Kansas Statewide Reading Initiative
Mid-year report shows statistically significant reductions in the number of students behind
grade level and at high-risk of not meeting end-of-year benchmarks
BOSTON — April 23, 2014 — Lexia Learning, a Rosetta Stone® (NYSE:RST) company, today announced mid-year results from the Kansas Reading Initiative in which the use of the Lexia Reading® Core5® program has driven statistically significant gains in student achievement, with the number of students working on material at/above grade level doubling from 36% at the beginning of the school year to 72% at the mid-year point. In addition, there was a statistically significant reduction in the percentage of students considered to be at high risk of not meeting end-of-year benchmarks—dropping from 46% to 27%.
Results from the first half of the 2013–2014 school year were recently presented to the Kansas Cabinet for Children and the Senate and House Education Committees. The report details the mid-year achievement levels for nearly 10,000 student participants who met recommended usage requirements for the program. More than 220 schools across the state are participating in the Kansas Reading Initiative, which provides access to the Lexia Reading Core5 program at no cost to schools.
“Lexia Reading Core5 is driving real learning and growth as it closes skill gaps at an exceptional rate,” said Heather Vincent, principal at Franklin Elementary in Wichita, Kansas. “It’s giving students the time to practice and learn, and it’s also addressing their deficiencies with precise material. In addition, the program directs the reading intervention specialist via specific action plans and structured lessons so that improvement happens much more quickly than it would without such a powerful tool.”
The Kansas Reading Initiative is an ongoing statewide grant that provides schools access to Lexia Reading Core5 to help close the reading gap. The program provides personalized learning for students of all abilities in grades pre-K–5 and student progress is monitored in real time, without stopping to administer a test. Student performance data are predictive of future outcomes on commonly used assessments such as DIBELS®, AIMSweb® and MAP®, and drive the Lexia Reading Core5 program’s student-specific recommendations for teacher-led instructional strategies. The Kansas State Department of Education has deemed Lexia Reading Core5 as an approved assessment for Student Growth Measures.
Educational Design Solutions (EDS), a Kansas-based company, is Lexia’s statewide partner for the Kansas Reading Initiative. Together, EDS and Lexia have worked closely with schools across the state to ensure implementation success by helping schools, teachers and students meet usage requirements necessary to achieve expected academic gains. To learn more about the Kansas Reading Initiative, please visit www.kansasreading.com.
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 company, Lexia’s programs have 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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