Utah State Evaluation Report Validates Literacy Gains For Students Using Lexia Reading Core5

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Program is the Only State-Approved Literacy Offering to Demonstrate a Positive Effect on First Grade Reading Levels
After implementing Lexia Reading Core5® for more than 55,000 students, Utah schools have seen considerable literacy gains. According to a new report released by the Utah State Board of Education for the Early Intervention Software Program grant (EISP) 2015-2016 school year, students with strong performance in Core5 also had increased gains in The Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS).  DIBELS are a set of procedures and measures for assessing the acquisition of early literacy skills for students in kindergarten through sixth grade. The Evaluation and Training Institute (ETI), which conducted the report, also found that students using Core5 had the highest fidelity of use across all the literacy products being assessed.
 
The ETI report noted that additional weeks of Core5 use were associated with increased DIBELS scores for students in grades K-2 and Core5 had the most consistently positive results for usage across all literacy programs evaluated.  Moreover, Core5 was the only product to demonstrate a positive effect on first grade reading skills.
 
In addition, a February 2017 mid-year progress report from Lexia Learning examined the effects of the literacy solution on 2,672 K-3 students in 10 exemplar schools to determine overall trends. That report found that among students meeting their usage targets for the program, the percentage working in or above grade level more than doubled -- increasing from 40 percent at the beginning of the fall 2016 semester to 86 percent by the end of February 2017. Additionally, the proportion of students working below grade level shrank substantially, decreasing from 60 percent to 14 percent in just over half of a school year.
 
Utah elementary school educators have confirmed that the mid-year progress report’s findings on Core5’s impact are indeed a common phenomenon. “We started using Lexia Reading Core5 in October 2015 and, within just one month, our students made significant progress in their Core5 scores,” said Tracy Cormane, a learning coach at Horizon Elementary School in Washington, UT. “Their January 2016 DIBELS scores soared, as well. By the end of the 2015-2016 school year, the percentage of students working in or above grade level in Core5 rose dramatically from 49 percent to 96 percent, while the percentage of students working 2+ grade levels below in Core5 reduced significantly from 20 percent to 2 percent!”
 
Developed by Lexia Learning, a Rosetta Stone Inc. (NYSE: RST) Company, Lexia Reading Core5 is a personalized learning program that is student-driven online, and teacher-directed through small-group instruction. The program supports educators in providing differentiated literacy instruction for students of all abilities in grades pre-K–5. Lexia’s explicit, systematic approach provides personalized learning in the six areas of reading instruction, targeting skill gaps as they emerge and providing teachers with the data and student-specific resources they need for individual or small-group instruction.

Every school in Utah that chooses a Lexia product also receives an Implementation Support Plan (ISP) in which the company partners with the school to meet specific literacy goals. During the first year of implementation, an assigned implementation manager consults with and assists the school’s team while providing an implementation plan, technical set-up guidance, guidance of student scheduling for Lexia usage and a full day of customized on-site training.

“As an administrator, I have been very impressed with the level of detail in Lexia’s training and the responsiveness of the implementation team,” stated Carolyn Bona, principal, Midas Creek Elementary in Riverton, UT. “As a result, my teachers and I know how to successfully leverage the in-depth, user-friendly data for classroom instruction and parent conferences.”      

Cormane concluded, “The teachers are highly motivated by the progress their students are making with Lexia. Because of their improved literacy skills, students are experiencing greater success in all subject areas—their confidence and self-esteem has grown as a result. We continue to see similar gains this year and are thrilled with the results of choosing Lexia.”

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