More than 200,000 Massachusetts Students & Educators Use Lexia Learning’s Programs to Boost Literacy Rates

More than 90% of students using Lexia PowerUp Literacy improved their skills while the percentage of Lexia Core5 Reading students working in or above grade level nearly doubled from 48% to 87% 

During the 2021-22 school year, Lexia® Learning, a Cambium Learning® Group company, supported over 200,000 students and teachers throughout Massachusetts with instructional and professional learning programs. Hundreds of schools, ranging from Boston Public to the small coastal town of Ipswich and the diverse city of Brockton, used Lexia’s literacy offerings to help learners read and speak with confidence.

More than 166,600 students across 939 schools used Lexia® Core5® Reading (Core5) to drive progress in their literacy learning during the school year. Core5 provides students in prekindergarten through fifth grade with explicit, systematic instruction through personalized learning paths in six areas of reading. Progress reports revealed significant results. Among students meeting usage targets, the percentage working on skills two or more grades below their grade level was reduced from 18% to 4%. The percentage working on or above grade level increased from 48% to 87%.

Massachusetts educators also used Lexia products to expand their teaching skills. More than 1,500 teachers, literacy coaches, and administrators participated in professional learning sessions provided by the Lexia LETRS® (Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling) suite of programs. Lexia LETRS provides educators with deep knowledge and develops their expertise in literacy and language instruction based on the science of reading. Almost all the respondents (94%) in Lexia’s feedback survey said that the programs enhanced their ability to use research-based practices. More importantly, 95% said they’d be able to apply the skills and concepts they’d learned.

In addition, nearly 28,000 students at 409 Massachusetts middle and high schools developed their literacy skills via the Lexia® PowerUp Literacy® (PowerUp) adaptive blended learning program. By blending personalized online student-driven instruction with teacher-delivered lessons and activities, PowerUp helps struggling readers in grades 6-12 accelerate the development of both fundamental literacy skills and higher-order thinking skills.

Students designated as meeting usage targets for PowerUp showed a significant increase in proficiency. Almost half (49%) of those students were working on some foundational (K-2) skills at the start of the 2021-22 school year. By the end of that year, only 6% were still working on any foundational skills. In fact, the literacy skills of 90% have improved since the beginning of the year.

More than 4,500 emergent bilingual students at 229 schools used the Lexia® English Language Development(Lexia English) program to support their English language development. Lexia English is an adaptive blended learning program designed to help emergent bilingual students (also called English language learners) in grades K-6 acquire higher language proficiency levels of English. Last school year, 11% of students who met or exceeded usage guidelines moved up at least one proficiency level in the WIDA-aligned in-program material.

“We are honored that so many Massachusetts educators partnered with Lexia and our programs, and we are thrilled to have played a role in the significant improvement in academic outcomes for students this past academic year,” said Lexia Chief Learning Officer Dr. Liz Brooke. “Lexia believes that literacy can and should be for all regardless of ability, heritage language, or zip code.  Our mission is to create opportunity for every student through the power of literacy education, and we will continue to pursue that purpose.”

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