New Lexia reading software features improved tools for teachers

Marking its 20th anniversary, Massachusetts-based Lexia Learning Systems Inc. recently unveiled its latest product, Lexia Primary Reading. This completely redesigned reading software for students ages five to eight introduces a new user interface designed to help teachers track student progress, determine which skills need additional attention, and measure the results of their teaching. Based on feedback from the hundreds of thousands of teachers who reportedly have used Lexia software in the past, company engineers sought to design effective reading activities that could be integrated into schools’ existing curricula. “Today’s teachers are bombarded with new technologies that promise to help them with their classes, yet these tools often distract from their efforts in the classroom,” said Jon Bower, CEO of Lexia Learning Systems. “We designed Lexia Primary Reading to help … teachers overcome the challenges of crowded classrooms, new government standards, and fragmented technology that make it difficult to track scholastic results.” The system features many new and carry-over benefits, including curriculum support for all five pillars of reading (phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary development, and comprehension), an on-screen alert system for teachers that informs them when students need help, and several different reporting and assignment tools for keeping track of student progress, among other benefits.

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