Journal of Research in Special Education Needs (2013)

An evaluation of the use of Lexia Reading software with children in Year 3, Northern Ireland (6‐to 7‐year olds)

Citation:
McMurray, S. (2013). An evaluation of the use of Lexia Reading software with children in Year 3, Northern Ireland (6‐to 7‐year olds). Journal of Research in Special Educational Needs, 13, 15-25.


Abstract

This study investigated the impact of Lexia Reading software on students aged 6-7 experiencing reading difficulties in Northern Ireland. A sample of 106 students was selected from four intervention schools using Lexia Reading and six control schools. The Group Reading Test II (GRT) was used as a pretest and posttest measure of reading performance. Posttest outcomes showed that the intervention schools significantly outperformed the control schools. Qualitative results indicated that teachers and students had positive attitudes toward Lexia Reading.

 

Key Findings

  • Intervention schools performed significantly better than control schools with an average increase of 6.78 points on the GRT in intervention schools compared to only 1.43 points in control schools.  
  • How far students progressed in Lexia Reading was a significant predictor of posttest reading scores.
  • Dyslexia profile was not a significant predictor of posttest reading scores.
  • Lexia Reading received an average teacher satisfaction rating of 8 (on a 1-10 scale) and 90% of students indicating that they liked using the software.


 

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