Lexia Learning, A Rosetta Stone Company, is one of the best-known and most highly respected reading-technology companies in the world. Founded more than 30 years ago with private funding and grants obtained from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Lexia products are now used by millions of students across the world.
Lexia Reading Core5®, the company’s award-winning, flagship product, has set the standard for technology-based reading instruction by providing explicit, systematic, personalized learning on fundamental literacy skills for elementary students of all abilities. With the addition of Lexia PowerUp Literacy™ for non-proficient readers in grades six and above, and Lexia RAPID Assessment™ for screening and monitoring reading and language skills for students in grades K–12, Lexia continues its promise to improve student literacy by leveraging technology to personalize learning and simplifying the use of data to drive instruction.
Lexia’s ongoing commitment to peer-reviewed efficacy research and gold-standard outcome studies lead the industry and are at the center of our pedagogical approach. All of Lexia’s products are designed according to the latest scientific findings in education and interface design and are tested for outcomes in schools. Eight scientifically based, peer-reviewed studies evaluating Lexia products have shown their effectiveness with multi-ethnic populations through the United States and the United Kingdom. The use of Lexia software supported achievement gains by study groups that proved to be significantly superior to those achieved by control groups receiving equal amounts of traditional instruction and practice.
Lexia Learning History
Headquartered in Concord, Massachusetts, Lexia was founded in 1984 by Bob Lemire. Bob wasn’t a reading specialist or researcher and he wasn’t looking for a new career; he was already a well-respected investment advisor and land-use consultant. What Bob Lemire did have, though, was a son diagnosed with dyslexia. In search of an answer, Lemire took his son, Bo, to his friend, Dr. Edwin Cole. Cole was a noted neurologist and head of the Reading Clinic at the Massachusetts General Hospital as well as the founder of several schools for dyslexics. He had been a longtime colleague of Dr. Samuel T. Orton and Anna Gillingham, principal creators of the respected reading system that carries their name.
After testing, Bo was diagnosed as developmentally dyslexic and received one-on-one tutoring. Moved by his son’s success in overcoming his reading difficulties, Lemire realized that many other children had reading difficulties and most of them did not have the same resources and guidance as his family. Lemire and Dr. Cole began to discuss the issue with neighbor Dr. Littleton Meeks, an expert in technology. Despite the fact that computers were still in their infancy, the three decided to organize a company that would use computer technology to create skill development software programs that could reach all types of students experiencing reading difficulties.
Today, the company maintains a keen focus on its promise to improve student literacy through the use of technology and has helped millions of students build reading skills.