BOSTON Dec. 3, 2012 —Lexia Reading®, a technology-based reading program from Lexia Learning®, was named a winner in the 30th Annual Awards of Excellence sponsored by Tech & Learning magazine. The program, which provides a research-proven methodology for developing foundational reading skills, was also selected as one of District Administration magazine’s 2012 Readers’ Choice Top 100 products for the third consecutive year.
Lexia Reading, designed as an essential component of every reading curriculum, offers a scalable approach that advances reading skills development for all students pre-K through grade 4, and intensifies and accelerates learning for at-risk students in grades 4–12.
The District Administration honor is given annually to companies that provide technologically significant solutions that positively impact K–12 classrooms, schools, and districts. The winners were selected by the editors of the magazine based on a record number of nominations submitted by readers, including superintendents and district-level directors in districts across the United States. The winning products were determined by the quantity of nominations received per product, as well as an evaluation of product quality based upon readers’ nominations and explanations. The winners will be featured in the magazine’s December 2012 issue and on www.districtadministration.com, giving senior district leaders the unique opportunity to learn what products their colleagues around the country are using and how these products contribute to the success of their districts.
Lexia customer Annette Smith, reading specialist, St. Helena (Calif.) Unified School District, offered this perspective, “This software has significantly improved the reading scores for our K–2 students. The students are eager to get on Lexia and perform the reading tasks and games. It has increased the vocabulary of our English Language Learners, too. The children are always so excited when they receive their Lexia certificate for passing another level.”
Unlike other reading programs, Lexia also sets itself apart by incorporating a unique embedded assessment feature that can help reduce educators’ dependence on traditional testing methods. This groundbreaking technology, known as Assessment Without Testing®, gathers student performance data without administering a test, and is highly predictive of outcomes on commonly used assessments such as DIBELS, AIMSweb and MAPS. The software automatically provides educators with real-time data on students’ specific skill gaps, as well as norm-referenced predictions of each student’s percent chance of reaching the end-of-year benchmark. The program then identifies and prioritizes students for small group or individual instruction, providing teachers and intervention specialists with targeted instructional strategies and structured lesson plans, including the minutes-per-week of software usage each student needs in order to improve performance on grade-level assessments. Each of the engaging, age-appropriate, skill-specific activities in the award-winning program conforms to federal guidelines.
In November, Lexia Reading was also recognized in the Tech & Learning Awards of Excellence program. A panel of more than 30 educators tested each of the entries and chose the honorees. Winning selections included software and Web-based products, as well as hardware and AV tools and will be featured in the December 2012 Awards issue of the magazine and at www.TechLearning.com.
“We are grateful for our customers’ willingness to share the success they’ve had with Lexia Reading, and we’re proud that our program has had such a tremendous impact in schools across the country,” said Lexia CEO Nick Gaehde.
Established with a promise to improve student literacy through the use of innovative technology, more than a million students are currently improving their reading proficiency using Lexia Reading. The program has been nationally recognized and proven effective in six peer-reviewed, research-based outcomes 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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