Lexia Expands RAPID Assessment for Reading and Language Skills in K–12

Computer-adaptive assessment reduces time spent testing and provides immediate access to data and instructional strategies

BOSTON (June 20, 2016) – Today, Lexia Learning, a Rosetta Stone (NYSE: RST) Company, announced the expansion of Lexia’s RAPID Assessment™ to now support students in grades K–2, in addition to its existing support for students in grades 3–12. Developed in partnership with the Florida Center for Reading Research (FCRR), RAPID is a computer-adaptive assessment that screens for reading and language skills, identifies instructional needs and focus, and measures skill development and growth. 

Lexia’s RAPID Assessment minimizes the amount of time spent testing, while maximizing the data provided to inform classroom instruction and school- or district-wide resource allocation. Based on research conducted by FCRR, RAPID measures the skills most predictive of reading success, and uses adaptive technology to quickly and precisely measure student performance. Administered up to three times a year, RAPID provides immediate access to actionable, norm-referenced data and reports, as well as connections to instructional strategies.

“RAPID’s ability to assess both language and reading skills across a wide skill range will help administrators make data-driven decisions to support student achievement, and help classroom teachers to identify and target students’ instructional needs quickly and efficiently,” said Lexia President Nick Gaehde. “With a focus on academic language, RAPID’s assessment data and instructional strategies support the needs of English Language Learners and better prepares all students for academic success in other disciplines.”

Lexia’s RAPID Assessment helps teachers and educational leaders promote reading success for all students by providing data on student skill development and growth across grades K-12. The use of adaptive technology provides a more time-efficient and engaging experience for students, with learners typically completing the assessment within one class period. For grades K-2, RAPID assesses foundational skills through both teacher- and student-led tasks, for administration one-on-one or in small groups. For grades 3-12, RAPID assesses complex knowledge, understanding, and application, and is group-administered in a classroom or computer lab.

“RAPID represents a forward-thinking approach to reading assessment,” continued Gaehde. “We are leading a paradigm shift on reading assessment by minimizing the amount of time spent testing, while gathering the most robust, predictive data to inform instructional strategies.”

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About the Florida Center for Reading Research

The Florida Center for Reading Research is a multidisciplinary research center at Florida State University. FCRR explores all aspects of reading---from basic research to literacy-related skills for typically developing reading and those who struggle, to studies of effective prevention and intervention, to psychometric work on formative assessment. Research conducted at FCRR is supported by grants from various federal agencies, private foundations, and a staff of over 550 including postdoctoral fellows, senior research associates, graduate research assistants, and undergraduate students. For more information, visit www.fcrr.org

About Lexia Learning

Lexia Learning, a division of Rosetta Stone, empowers educators through adaptive assessment and personalized instruction. For more than 30 years, the company has been on the leading edge of research and product development as it relates to student reading skills. With a robust offering that includes solutions for differentiated instruction, personalized learning and assessment, Lexia Learning provides educators with the tools to intensify and accelerate literacy skills development for students of all abilities. For more information, visit www.lexialearning.com.

About Rosetta Stone

Rosetta Stone Inc. (NYSE: RST) is dedicated to changing people’s lives through the power of language and literacy education. The company’s innovative, personalized language and reading programs drive positive learning outcomes in thousands of schools, businesses, government organizations and for millions of individual learners around the world.

Founded in 1992, Rosetta Stone pioneered the use of interactive software to accelerate language learning and is widely recognized today as the industry leader in providing effective language programs. The company’s cloud-based programs allow users to learn online or on-the-go via tablet or smartphone, whether in a classroom, in a corporate setting, or in a personal learning environment. Rosetta Stone is also a leader in the literacy education space, helping millions of students build fundamental reading skills through its Lexia Learning division. Additionally, the company's Fit Brains business offers personalized brain training programs developed by neuroscientists and award-winning game designers to be fun and help keep your brain sharp.

Rosetta Stone is based in Arlington, VA, and has offices and operations around the world. For more information, visit www.rosettastone.com. “Rosetta Stone” is a registered trademark or trademark of Rosetta Stone Ltd. in the United States and other countries.

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