Lexia Nationwide Report Finds 80% of Students Using Lexia Core5 Reading Did Not Experience Literacy Learning Loss During Remote and Hybrid Learning in the 2020-21 Academic Year


BOSTON (Sept. 23, 2021) – Lexia® Learning, a Cambium Learning® Group company, today released new research titled “Using Lexia Core5 Reading to Address Learning Loss and Accelerate Learning: Insights from a 2020-21 Nationwide Study.” The study examines the literacy impact of elementary students using Lexia® Core5® Reading (Core5) in fully remote and hybrid instructional environments during the 2020-21 school year.

Lexia researchers tracked the progress of approximately 13,000 students in grades 1-5 across 35 schools in California, Michigan, and North Carolina. To gauge students’ progress, the schools administered the Measures of Academic Progress® (MAP) Growth Reading assessment, which measures grade-level reading achievement and growth, during the 2020-21 academic year.

Key findings from the report showed that most students who used Core5 demonstrated steady learning progress, with the majority meeting their projected growth targets in Reading:

  • Over 80% of students who used Core5 did not have learning loss.
  • Over 40% of students who used Core5 exceeded their MAP Growth targets.
  • Core5 helped all students learn during pandemic-induced disruptions in 2020-21, regardless of their gender, race/ethnicity, English Learner or special education status.

“These results are really striking because regardless of students’ demographic, productive use of Core5 increased the probability they didn’t experience learning loss,” said Lexia Learning President, Nick Gaehde. “When the lockdowns began, teachers were able to quickly move from using Core5 in physical classrooms to using it for remote learning. These results show that the program can effectively support student learning in both remote and in-person environments.”

Core5 is an adaptive learning program that accelerates the foundational and advanced literacy skills for students of all abilities in elementary grades. The research-proven program provides all students—from at-risk to on-level and advanced—a systematic and structured approach to phonological awareness, oral language, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension. With Core5, teachers are empowered to differentiate instruction for each student using meaningful data powered by Lexia’s patented Assessment Without Testing® technology. The embedded assessment technology predicts students’ year-end performance and provides ongoing norm-referenced and actionable data to help teachers prioritize and plan instruction with the offline instructional materials.

“As schools and districts recover from the effects of the pandemic, investing in programs that address learning loss with focused skill development are essential to accelerate student learning,” said Gaehde. “Lexia is supporting teachers with a clear picture of student literacy progress during the pandemic and the exact instruction required to get students back on track as they return to the classroom.”

The full “Using Lexia Core5 Reading” report is available at https://rb.gy/jhdabi.

About Lexia Learning

Lexia® Learning, a Cambium Learning® Group company, is the structured literacy expert. For over 35 years, the company has focused solely on literacy, and today, provides a full spectrum of solutions for both students and teachers. With robust offerings for differentiated instruction, personalized learning, assessment, and professional learning, Lexia helps more learners read, write, and speak with confidence. For more information, visit www.lexialearning.com.

About Cambium Learning Group

Cambium Learning® Group is the education essentials company, providing award-winning education technology and services for K-12 markets. With an intentionally curated portfolio of respected global brands, Cambium serves as a leader in the education space, helping millions of educators and students feel more universally valued every day. In everything it does, the company focuses on the elements that are most essential to the success of education, delivering simpler, more certain solutions that make a meaningful difference right now. To learn more, visit www.cambiumlearning.com or follow Cambium on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Medium. The Cambium family of companies includes: Cambium Assessment, Lexia® Learning, Learning A-Z®, Voyager Sopris Learning®, ExploreLearning®, Time4Learning®, and Kurzweil Education®.

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