What is Lexia Reading? Developed by Lexia Learning Systems Inc. Began developing software in 1984, most recent versionupdated in 2007. (WWC, 2009) Useful for predicting end of the year outcomes for students soteachers can plan effectively. Computer based program Utilizes games, literacy based activities, and “Assessmentwithout Testing”. The program keeps track of student progress and givesteachers tons of data so they can adjust the program fortheir students. Useful for all levels of learning!
Why use Lexia Reading? Computer based Especially important now with the statewide change to thePARCC exam. Teaches technological literacy and functional literacy Can be used from any computer, iPad, iPhone. Lots offlexibility! Can be adapted for all levels LLS recommends: 20-30 min. a day two times a week for on grade level/advancedstudents, 3-4 times a week for struggling students, and up to 5times a week for students who are farthest behind. Student-Driven, Teacher-Directed Less student stress and embarrassment, teaches independentlearning, teachers closely monitor improvement.
Core OutlineShows which key elements are beingtested at each level, as well as whichlevels are considered appropriate foreach grade.
What is Lexia Reading used for? According to the Lexia Learning Website: Lexia Reading is effective for enhancing all levels of literacy,including: Phonological Awareness Phonics Structural Analysis Automaticity/Fluency Vocabulary Comprehension But according to the What Works Clearinghouse… “...was found to have potentially positive effects on alphabetics,no discernable effects on fluency, potentially positive effects oncomprehension, and no discernable effects on general readingachievement”
What research has been done? What Works Clearinghouse Review completed by U.S. Dept of Education Out of 11 pieces of research reviewed, only three were found tomeet WWC standards. Used DIBELS subtests to compare Lexia Reading with twocontrol groups: One using no intervention and one usingEarobics Lexia vs. No Intervention: Study found the difference waspositive and substantive. Lexia vs. Earobics: No discernible difference. Corroborating Studies published in: Reading Psychology,Bilingual Research Journal, Journal of Research inReading, and the European Journal of Special NeedsEducation
However… More research needs to be done! How will Lexia Reading help Arkansas students taking thenew PARCC exam? Are computer based literacy interventions going to be moreimportant in the future so students learn tech skills andliteracy skills? How does computer based learning affect print awareness?
The bottom line… Lexia is a fun, innovative program that students can usefrom any computer to improve their literacy skills. It is not a replacement for conventional training, but anenhancement. Students are more independent, but teacher monitoringis vital!
References Lexia Learning Systems Inc. (2013). Lexia: Changingthe Future. Now.http://www.lexialearning.com/product U.S. Department of Education (2009). What WorksClearinghouse: Lexia Reading.http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/pdf/intervention_reports/wwc_lexia_063009.pdf