Research Brief: Accelerating Reading Skills among EL and non-EL Middle Schoolers: An Evaluation of the Lexia® PowerUp Literacy® Program

 

Accelerating Reading Skills among EL and non-EL Middle Schoolers: An Evaluation of the Lexia® PowerUp Literacy® Program

Lisa B. Hurwitz, Paul Macaruso, Sarah Thang and Jamie Studwell (research@lexialearning.com)

Suggested Citation:

Hurwitz, L.B., Macaruso, P., Thang, S., & Studwell, J. (2020). Accelerating Reading Skills among EL and non-EL Middle Schoolers: An Evaluation of the Lexia® PowerUp Literacy® Program. Concord, MA: Lexia Learning Systems LLC, a Cambium Learning® Group company.

Key Findings

  • PowerUp users outgained non-users by nearly 30 points on a fluency test measuring word identification, syntactic processing and basic reading comprehension. This corresponds to a large effect size of .69.
  • English Learners using PowerUp showed a 35% gain on the fluency test over the course of the study, indicating that PowerUp was as effective for EL students as it was for non-EL students.
  • Results from this study prove that PowerUp users closed the gap in mastery of foundational literacy skills compared to non-users.
 

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