Specifically Targets Academic Language Skills

Often described as “the language of school,” academic language is used in textbooks, essays, assignments, class presentations, and assessments.  This language includes advanced and discipline-specific vocabulary, as well as sophisticated grammar and syntax. Students in all grades need to acquire and apply academic language to express complex ideas and engage deeply with texts.  As students progress through school, the challenges of using and comprehending academic language increase.  
 
Lexia RAPID Assessment focuses on academic language with tasks that measure students' knowledge and application of vocabulary, structural analysis and morphology, and syntax.  These skills are crucial for comprehending complex written language and serve as meaningful targets for instruction. 
 
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Benefits

Focus on Important Skills

RAPID’s unique coverage of academic language draws attention to vocabulary, structural analysis, and syntactic knowledge—key elements that are rarely individually measured in reading screening assessments. Assessing these skills allows educators to support students that need instruction in complex language skills, in addition to those that need support with reading skills. 


Address Actionable Areas

With immediate scoring and reports, RAPID helps translate data into actionable targets for enhancing students' understanding of written and spoken language, such as teaching students to recognize and use common prefixes, suffixes, roots, and signal words (e.g. because, however). Lexia Connections include strategies to target academic language through reading, writing, speaking, and listening activities. 


Support English Language Learners

While academic language skills are fundamental to academic success for all students, they can be especially challenging for English Language Learners. Many English Language Learners, including long-term ELLs, may appear fluent in social language but still struggle with academic language skills. RAPID promotes the development of sophisticated vocabulary and syntactic knowledge that can support ELL students in accessing complex content.