BOSTON (April 6, 2015) – By the end of 2017, the State of Iowa is requiring that third-graders must be reading at or above grade-level or they will face the prospect of an intensive summer school program or repeat the third grade. To meet this mandate and boost the performance of its struggling readers while improving the reading proficiency of all students, CouncilBluffs Community School District (Iowa) has chosen to implement Lexia Reading® Core5®. In addition, Davenport Community School District has expanded its use of the research-proven reading program from use in grades K-3 to all students in grades K-5, district-wide. A number of schools in Des Moines and Cedar Rapids join a host of districts including West Burlington, Algona, Spencer, Albia, Mt. Ayre, and Oakland in either implementing Lexia Reading Core5 as part of their personalized reading program or broadly expanding their use of the program this year.
“Ensuring early literacy success is a wise investment because literacy skills are essential to success in all school subjects — literature, social sciences, natural science, and mathematics,” said Melissa Chalupnik, district literacy administrator K-8 in the Department of Teaching and Learning, Council Bluff Community School District. “That’s why we selected the Lexia program. There is a significant amount of research that outlines the best approaches for how children learn to read, how to prevent failure, and how to intervene when reading difficulties occur and Lexia Reading Core5 aligns with this research better than any program I’ve seen.”
“These districts, like so many others, are finding that technology can help accelerate learning for students of all abilities,” said Nick Gaehde, President of Lexia Learning. “This kind of approach enables teachers to focus the vast majority of their time on teaching — using Lexia’s real-time performance data to target instruction for each student.”
Developed by Lexia Learning, the literacy division of Rosetta Stone® (NYSE:RST), Lexia Reading Core5 was developed based on Lexia’s 30 years of educational research and designed to provide a personalized learning path for each student with scaffolding and explicit instruction that supports students if they struggle. Addressing all strands of reading, each of the 18 levels of age-appropriate, skill-specific activities aligns to the most rigorous state standards, including the Common Core State Standards. The program simplifies differentiated instruction, enabling at-risk students to close the reading gap more quickly while allowing on-level and advanced students to continue to progress.
“I found that Lexia Reading Core5 is an additional layer of quality intervention to assist teachers in meeting the individual needs of all students,” added Chalupnik. “The program’s reports provide our teachers with what’s called a ‘performance predictor’ that informs them of each student’s percent chance of reaching end-of-year benchmarks. The color-coded icons, which signify risk level, are really teacher-friendly and help them to quickly assess and compare the risk of reading failure associated with their students, classes, schools, or district. This is so important as we strive to meet the demands of the Chapter 62 reading progression standards.”
Beth Evans, a reading and elementary language arts curriculum specialist with Davenport Community Schools and a champion of Lexia Reading Core5 was glad to see their district expand the use of the program to all students in grades K-5. “The constant data that is available to our teachers has been a remarkable resource for them as they plan their individual student and small-group instructional time. In fact, they have accessed the reports over 3,000 times during the past 30 days alone. They are finding the program’s ‘prescription of intensity’ component especially useful in recommending levels of instructional intensity for each student so they meet grade level expectations.”
The data is collected via Lexia’s Assessment Without Testing® technology, an embedded assessment tool that gathers student performance data without administering a test, using norm- and criterion-referenced measurements. This data is highly correlated to, and predictive of, student outcomes on commonly used measures such as DIBELS® and aimsweb®. “You can’t put a price on just how valuable the Lexia reports are in helping our teachers to best allocate their time,” said Evans. “In particular, I like the insight the reports provide. Not only does it show what skills a student is working on, but also how many attempts they have made to successfully complete the task at hand. If there are multiple tries and no progression, that’s a red flag that a teacher can immediately respond to in order to help the student gain proficiency and advance to the next activity.”
“It just makes sense – to have a technology-based solution like Lexia that incorporates assessment, instruction, practice, motivation and remediation in real time,” added Evans. “Our decision to expand the use of this program to students through the fifth grade demonstrates just how much we believe in this program – but even more important are the number of students who are logging on to Lexia at home. It’s making a difference in helping all our elementary aged students become successful lifelong readers.”
For more information about Lexia Reading Core5, visit www.lexialearning.com or call 1-800-435-3942.
About Rosetta Stone
Rosetta Stone Inc. (NYSE: RST) is dedicated to changing the way the world learns. The company's innovative technology-driven language, reading and brain fitness solutions are used by thousands of schools, businesses, government organizations and millions of individuals around the world. Founded in 1992, Rosetta Stone pioneered the use of interactive software to accelerate language learning. Today the company offers courses in 30 languages, from the most commonly spoken (such as English, Spanish and Mandarin) to the less prominent (including Swahili, Swedish and Tagalog). Since 2013, Rosetta Stone has expanded beyond language and deeper into education-technology with its acquisitions of Livemocha, Lexia Learning, Fit Brains, and Tell Me More. Rosetta Stone is based in Arlington, VA, and has offices around the world.
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