Lexia Learning’s Research-Proven Reading Approach Now in All Conway (Ark.) School District Elementary and Middle Schools

Decision to Expand Implementation Based on Students Gains; Software’s Functionality to Predict Student Outcomes, Prescribe Instructional Intensity, and Reduce Dependency on Traditional Assessment
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BOSTON — August 28, 2012Lexia Learning Systems®, one of the nation’s most highly regarded providers of reading software, today announced that the Conway Public School District in Conway, Ark., has expanded its use of Lexia Reading® to all 14 elementary and middle schools district-wide. Conway students will continue to benefit from the award-winning, technology-based reading program 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. Used as an essential component of reading instruction in Conway since 2011, Lexia Reading has also been implemented in schools and districts across Arkansas including Bentonville, West Fork and Fayetteville.

Lexia Reading’s distinctive and cost-effective technology offers a scalable, research-proven approach that provides educators norm-referenced measures that prioritize the students who are the most at-risk, and recommends teacher-led, direct skill instruction to address specific skill gaps. As students work independently on Lexia Reading, they receive explicit, systematic and structured practice on foundational reading skills. The fun, engaging software delivers scaffolded practice, advancing students to higher levels as they demonstrate proficiency. Each of the age-appropriate, skill-specific activities in Lexia Reading conforms to federal guidelines and is aligned to the Common Core State Standards.

“In just one year, we have seen amazing results,” said Charlotte Vann, director of special education and federal programs for the Conway Public School District. “And, the same can be said for our summer school program where our teachers commented on seeing signficant gains over a period of only seven weeks. This program is very powerful and our students are rapidly acquiring the crucial reading skills they need to become proficient.”

Lexia Reading includes an unprecedented embedded assessment feature that can help reduce educators’ dependency on traditional testing methods. This groundbreaking approach, known as Assessment Without Testing®, gathers student performance data without administering a test. 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.

Vann added, “Before we were using Lexia Reading, our other reading program just didn’t offer a way to easily access the data and we weren’t catching students soon enough who needed intense reading recovery. That’s not the case with Lexia. It is truly data driven with useable data that prescribes the correct amount of support needed to help each individual child, whether a struggling reader or one on pace. I emphasize ‘useable’ because Lexia puts the student data right at teacher’s fingertips which means more time teaching and less time analyzing. In fact, we have seen a real decrease in the amount of time spent assessing our students’ mastery levels with DIBELS® because Lexia gives us everything we need, in real-time.” 

Lexia Reading has made such an impact in Conway that teachers and students at Ruth Doyle Intermediate School produced their own video showcasing their Lexia story.

Established with a promise to improve student literacy through the use of innovative technology, today nearly 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.

Karen Cardin, teacher at Ida Burns Elementary School in Conway concluded, “I have been an elementary school teacher for 37 years, and many of my students have struggled with their reading their entire school career. When I started to hear, ‘Can I get on the computer and work on Lexia?’ over and over from my students, I knew we were on to something good.”

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

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