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“This study was important because there are only a few longitudinal studies that have considered the extent to which reading interventions can alter the trajectory of development for struggling readers,” said Lexia President
Beginning in the fall of the 2014-15 school year, the study tracked the reading performance of a group of low-income kindergarten students through their completion of second grade. All students received three years of ELA instruction through the adaptive blended learning program Lexia Core5 Reading (Core5).
One noteworthy finding was substantial evidence of the “summer slide” phenomenon. Researchers found that students’ performance on a standardized test declined significantly from the spring of one school year to the fall of the next. However, despite the summer slide, performance from the fall of one school year to the fall of the next showed significant improvement, pointing to the benefits of using Core5 to help overcome the summer slide.
In fact, significant long-term reading gains were found across the three school years. More than 90 percent of low performers who started kindergarten scoring below average on the standardized test finished second grade scoring average or better.
“A consistent finding on summer slide is that its impact is worse for students from low SES backgrounds,” said Gaehde. “This study provides compelling evidence about Core5’s potential to benefit those students in an additive way over multiple years, providing critical scaffolding to at-risk readers and helping to combat the summer slide.”
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About Lexia Learning
Lexia Learning, a division of Rosetta Stone, empowers educators through adaptive assessment and personalized instruction. For more than 30 years, the company has been on the leading edge of research and product development as it relates to student reading skills. With a robust offering that includes solutions for differentiated instruction, personalized learning and assessment, Lexia Learning provides educators with the tools to intensify and accelerate literacy skills development for students of all abilities. For more information, visit www.lexialearning.com.
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