Computers in the Schools (2015)

This study, published in 2015 in Computers in the Schools, demonstrates the benefits of a blended learning approach to reading instruction using Lexia Reading Core5 for first- and second-grade students from a low-income urban school in western Massachusetts.  The blended learning approach combines digital technology with teacher-led instruction designed to strengthen reading skills.

  • Students in the Core5 group showed significantly greater gains on a standardized reading assessment compared to control students who received the same classroom instruction without Core5. The greatest discrepancy between groups occurred in reading comprehension.  It was found that the largest reading gains occurred for low-performing ELL students in the Core5 group. At posttest, these students performed at the level of non-ELL students in the control group.  The Group Reading Assessment and Diagnostic Evaluation (GRADE™), Levels 1 and 2, was used as the reading measure. [Schechter, R., Macaruso, P., Kazakoff, E.R., & Brooke, E. (2015). Exploration of a blended learning approach to reading instruction for low SES students in early elementary grades. Computers in the Schools, 32, 183–200.]

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