Lexia Core5 Reading and the Kansas Reading Initiative Help 87% of At-Risk Students Gain at Least Two Years of Reading Skills

Collin Earnst
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Rosetta Stone company’s technology-based literacy program continues to advance student performance

BOSTON - Aug. 14, 2014 - Lexia Learning, a Rosetta Stone® (NYSE:RST) company, today announced year-end results from the Kansas Reading Initiative in which the use of the Lexia Reading® Core5® program has outpaced expectations, driving substantial gains in student achievement. Among the students participating in the statewide initiative, over 11,000 students used Lexia Core5 Reading at recommended levels during the 2013–2014 school year. Of those students, the percentage meeting their grade level benchmark increased from 45% to 70%.  

More than 2,000 students were considered to be at-risk of not meeting grade level end-of-year benchmarks, but by the end of the school year, 99% of these struggling readers accelerated their reading skill acquisition by mastering more than one year of content, and 87% advanced two or more grade levels.

Results from the 2013–2014 school year were recently submitted to the state of Kansas detailing the year-end accomplishments of participating students. In the first year of the two-year Initiative, over 225 schools across the state participated in the Kansas Reading Initiative, a statewide grant that provides free access for schools to use the Lexia Core5 Reading program.

Ryan Cunningham, principal at Medicine Lodge Elementary School, was the first to apply for the grant.  “I would recommend Lexia Core5 Reading to other educators unconditionally. It is the best and easiest program I've used for identifying and addressing areas of struggle,” said Cunningham. “Just two weeks after we started using the program, reading gaps began to close and it just kept getting better. In September, over half of our K–5 students were at-risk for reading failure, working one or more grade levels behind. By May, 95% of our students were working on skills at or above grade level and all of these students advanced at least one grade level or completed the entire Lexia Core5 Reading program by mastering their grade 5 skills.”

Lexia Core5 Reading provides personalized learning for students of all abilities in grades pre-K–5 and student progress is monitored in real time, without stopping to administer a test. Student performance data are predictive of future outcomes on commonly used assessments such as DIBELS®, AIMSweb® and MAP®, and drive the Lexia Core5 Reading program’s student-specific recommendations for teacher-led instructional strategies. The Kansas State Department of Education has approved Lexia Core5 Reading as an assessment for Student Growth Measures.

Educational Design Solutions (EDS), a Kansas-based company, is Lexia’s statewide partner for the Kansas Reading Initiative. Together, EDS and Lexia have worked closely with schools across the state to ensure implementation success by helping schools, teachers and students meet usage requirements necessary to achieve expected academic gains. To learn more about the Kansas Reading Initiative, please visit www.kansasreading.com.

About Lexia Learning

Established with a promise to improve student literacy through the use of technology, today more than 1.6 million students are currently improving their reading proficiency with Lexia. A Rosetta Stone company, Lexia has been nationally recognized and proven effective in six peer-reviewed, research-based outcome studies published in scientific journals such as The Journal of Reading Research and the Bilingual Research Journal. For more information, visit www.lexialearning.com or call 1-800-435-3942.