Kentucky Literacy Challenge Winners Announced: More Than 250 Schools Participated in Semester-Long Contest Using Lexia Core5 Reading

Shopville Elementary in Pulaski County Takes Top Prize with 84 Percent of their On Target Students Reaching End-of-Year Benchmark Levels

BOSTON (June 15, 2015) – Students at Shopville Elementary School in Somerset, Kentucky ended the school year on a high note, placing first in the Kentucky State Literacy Challenge and taking home the grand prize of $1,000 for their efforts. Using the highly acclaimed fundamental literacy program, Lexia® Core5® Reading, more than 250 elementary schools and nearly 47,000 students participated in the five-month program organized by education consultants, Academic Edge® Inc.

“We are in the midst of building a brighter future for Kentucky students and changing the paradigm of how we approach motivating and teaching them,” said Pulaski County Elementary Supervisor, Amy Polston. “Through this literacy challenge with Academic Edge and our use of the research-based Lexia Core5 Reading program, we have seen great improvements in our students’ reading abilities. At the beginning of the challenge, only two percent of Shopville Elementary students were on target to meet end-of-year benchmark levels; now 65 percent have met benchmark.  The Lexia Core5 Reading program was remarkable in engaging our students, empowering them to work independently, and enabling our teachers to give each student the support he or she needed to be more than simply a child who can read, but rather a child who loves to read and reads well.”

Developed by Lexia Learning, a Rosetta Stone® company, Lexia Core5 Reading is based on 30 years of educational research and designed to provide a personalized learning path for each student, including scaffolding and explicit instruction that supports students if they struggle. Used by more than 2.2 million students worldwide, the program includes 18 levels of age-appropriate, skill-specific activities aligned to the most rigorous state standards, including the Common Core State Standards. The program simplifies differentiated instruction, enabling at-risk students to close the reading gap more quickly while allowing on-level and advanced students to continue to progress.

To take part in the Challenge, which began in early January 2015, schools were required to register and have at least 150 active students involved. Each month, participating schools’ usage numbers were evaluated. Honors went to those schools that had the highest average percentage of students meeting the recommended usage levels, including minutes-per-week that were needed to improve performance on grade-level assessments.

Each month, Shopville consistently placed among the top five, and at the end of the challenge, Shopville students won the overall top ranking, with peers at Bell Elementary School in Wayne County claiming second place. Pulaski County Elementary School, Cox’s Creek Elementary in Nelson County and H.W. Wilkey Elementary School in Grayson County rounded out the top five champions, respectively.

“Engagement is key to getting students to stick with something that proves challenging to them, like reading,” said Lexia President, Nick Gaehde. “Lexia Core5 Reading is the ideal program for helping students to master reading and literacy concepts because it’s fun and it’s relevant. In addition, the competitive nature of this Challenge certainly was a powerful way to motivate kids to learn.”

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