Wichita Catholic schools pilot reading program

This year, students at the Diocese of Wichita Catholic Schools’ Blessed Sacrament and Holy Name Elementary Schools will be using Lexia Reading® to improve their reading skills. The software program helps students pre-K through 12th grade to develop and improve their foundational reading skills.

The program from Lexia Learning® is a technology-based system of differentiated practice, embedded assessment and targeted instruction, designed as an essential component of every reading curriculum. It will provide Wichita educators norm-referenced measures that help identify and prioritize the students who are the greatest at-risk of reading failure, and provide them with targeted instructional activities to help their students improve performance on grade-level assessments.

“We were searching for a way to help our students be more successful in acquiring and advancing their reading skills,” said Dan McAdam, director of staff services in the Wichita Catholic Schools. “We believe that Lexia’s differentiated instructional approach will help us to maximize our ability to help all students acquire their foundational reading skills, and help our struggling students to close the achievement gap with their peers.”

Wichita students will receive systematic, structured practice on foundational reading skills. Each of the age-appropriate, skill-specific activities conforms to federal guidelines and is aligned to Common Core State Standards. Students using the web-based program will work independently as the software automatically detects when additional practice is needed and advances students to higher levels as they demonstrate proficiency. The software provides teachers with detailed, real-time reports on students’ specific skill deficits, and recommends targeted instructional materials to accelerate skill development.