Kansas Statewide Reading Initiative Reports Mid-Year Gains

Lexia Learning, a Rosetta Stone®company, today announced mid-year results from the Kansas Reading Initiative. The number of students working on material at/above grade level doubled from 36% at the beginning of the school year to 72% at the mid-year point. In addition, there was a 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 Kansas State Department of Education has deemed Lexia Reading Core5 as an approved assessment for Student Growth Measures.