San Jose USD Selects Lexia Reading to Meet Early Literacy Goals in All Elementary Schools; District Mandates Use of Program in All K-2 Classrooms that Instruct in English

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Exemplary Pilot Program Leads to Decision to Expand Implementation Based on Strength of Program’s Adaptive Learning Format and Data-Driven Instruction

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Lexia Reading will have an indelible impact on the education of our children by providing individualized, independent learning for students and supporting rigorous, teacher-led instruction.

Lexia Learning Systems®, one of the nation’s most highly regarded providers of reading software, today announced that all elementary schools in San Jose Unified School District (Calif.) will be using Lexia Reading® for English literacy as schools open their doors this month. The decision by district administrators follows a successful pilot program of the award-winning, technology-based reading program. Proven to advance reading skills development for all students pre-K through grade 4, while intensifying and accelerating learning for at-risk students in grades 4–12, Lexia Reading has also been effectively implemented in nearly 1,000 California schools and districts including the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools, San Diego USD, Redwood City School District, Folsom Cordova USD, San Bruno Park School District, Union School District, North Monterey County, Pajaro Valley USD, and Santa Clara County Office of Education.

“One of our district’s key strategies to accomplish our mission is to individualize learning to help students accelerate learning and close the opportunity gap,” said Jason Willis, assistant superintendent, community engagement and accountability. “Lexia Reading will have an indelible impact on the education of our children by providing individualized, independent learning for students and supporting rigorous, teacher-led instruction.”

Lexia Reading’s distinctive and cost-effective technology offers a scalable, research-proven approach that provides educators norm-referenced measures that prioritize the students who are the most at-risk, and recommends teacher-led, direct skill instruction to address specific skill gaps. As students work independently on Lexia Reading, they receive explicit, systematic and structured practice on foundational reading skills. The fun, engaging software provides scaffolded learning, advancing students to higher levels as they demonstrate proficiency. Each of the age-appropriate, skill-specific activities in Lexia Reading conforms to federal guidelines and is aligned to the Common Core State Standards.

“We were looking for a program that delivered rigorous literacy and higher order thinking skills early on in our students’ academic life,” said Jodi Lax, San Jose director, curriculum, instruction and EL services, Pre-K–5. “What a perfect solution we have in Lexia Reading. It not only simplifies differentiated instruction, especially for our youngest learners in Kindergarten, first and second grade, but it goes one step further. Lexia helps our teachers identify struggling students and then provides them with data-driven, instructional action plans needed to close the achievement gaps that very day, not weeks or months later. In our pilot implementation, we found that the schools using Lexia Reading as directed have shown the greatest amounts of growth.”

Lexia Reading provides individualized learning, which is both student-driven and teacher-led, as well as norm-referenced performance data without interrupting the flow of instruction to administer a test. This groundbreaking approach, known as Assessment Without Testing®, automatically provides educators with real-time data on students’ specific skill gaps. The program then identifies and prioritizes students for small group or individual instruction, providing teachers and intervention specialists with targeted instructional strategies and structured lesson plans, including the minutes-per-week of software usage each student needs in order to improve performance on grade-level assessments.

Based on skill level and rate of progress in the program, Lexia Reading predicts each student’s chance of reaching an end-of-year benchmark. These sophisticated, norm-referenced measures are correlated to, and highly predictive of, student outcomes on other commonly used measures such as DIBELS® and AIMSweb®. The data interface is accessible via browser or iPad® and iPhone® apps.

Lax added, “This program absolutely fits with our district’s goals of offering adaptive learning solutions using technology-driven, differentiated instruction with well-trained teachers determined to assure our students receive the best 21st century education.”

Nearly a million students are currently improving their reading proficiency using Lexia Reading. The program has been nationally recognized and proven effective in six peer-reviewed, research-based outcomes studies published in scientific journals such as The Journal of Reading Research and the Bilingual Research Journal.

“Everyday our staff works diligently to inspire and prepare our students to succeed in a global society,” said Willis. “To do that, we have to eliminate the opportunity gap and provide every student with the finest 21st century education. With Lexia Reading in our classrooms, we are doing just that.”

For more information, visit http://www.lexialearning.com or call 1-800-435-3942.

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