Colorado Department of Education Approves Lexia Reading Core5 as Resource for Raising Early Literacy to Levels Mandated By State's READ Act

4/24/2013 12:00:00 AM

DENVER – April 23, 2013 – Lexia Learning®, one of the nation’s most highly regarded providers of reading instructional technology, today announced that the Colorado Department of Education has named Lexia Reading Core5™ as an approved instructional program, eligible for inclusion in grant applications under the Colorado READ Act.

 

As the first technology-based reading program developed specifically to meet the Common Core State Standards, Lexia Reading Core5 provides structured, sequential, and scaffolded instruction in the five areas of reading for students of all abilities in grades pre-K–5. Built upon Lexia’s research-proven methodology, Lexia Reading Core5 provides a rigorous approach beginning with oral language development and early reading skills, and culminating with fluency and comprehension in grade 5.  

 

The Colorado READ Act established a competitive grant, open to all districts, including BOCES, district charter schools, and Institute Charter Schools, for the purpose of establishing scientifically-based instructional for teaching of reading for all students in grades K–3. Grant applications are due to the state by May 15, 2013. For more information on how to include Lexia Reading Core5 in your grant application, please visit: http://www.lexialearning.com/colorado

 

“Studies show that the strengthening of these skills results in a wide range of improved critical language and reading abilities and predicts ongoing educational success,” said Lexia President and CEO Nick Gaehde.  “Early literacy development is a critical milestone in a child’s path to success, and one of Colorado’s top educational priorities. We are looking forward to helping more districts, schools and classroom teachers across Colorado transform their instruction through the use of our rigorous, technology-driven reading program.”

 

Currently, five of Colorado’s largest districts including Jefferson County, Pueblo 70, Brighton 27J, Boulder Valley and St. Vrain are using Lexia Reading to advance foundational reading skills development.

 

The award-winning program provides personalized learning that is targeted and time-efficient.  Students of all abilities work independently in Lexia Reading, receiving explicit, systematic, and structured learning on foundational reading skills. Each of the age-appropriate, skill-specific activities conforms to the Common Core standards. The fun, engaging program delivers scaffolded practice, advancing students to higher levels as they demonstrate proficiency. Educators are provided ongoing performance data that prioritizes the students who are most at-risk, as well as resources for teacher-led, direct skill instruction to address specific skill gaps.

 

“For teachers who direct their students to access Lexia for their prescribed amount of time, we have seen great growth,” said Leslie Gaiser, instructional specialist, Boulder Valley School District. 

 

In addition to supporting foundational reading skills development, the program also reduces schools’ dependency on traditional testing methods.  As students work in the program, Lexia’s proprietary Assessment Without Testing® technology gathers norm-referenced, criterion-referenced performance data—without stopping the flow of instruction to administer a test—and adjusts each student’s learning path accordingly. Lexia’s assessment measures are correlated to, and are highly predictive of, outcomes on other commonly used assessments such as DIBELS®, AIMSweb® and MAPS®. With this data, the program then automatically identifies and prioritizes students for small group or individual instruction and provides educators with a targeted action plan for each student, including instructional strategies and structured lesson materials to help each student improve performance on grade-level assessments.

 

Gaiser concluded, “Lexia is easy to manage and a great progress monitoring tool.  It has worked wonders in our district to provide the repetition that students need in order to become proficient in their individualized reading skills.”

 

For more information, visit http://www.lexialearning.com or call 1-800-435-3942.

 

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