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Lexia Reading v 8.0

By Charles G. Doe - Posted Nov 1, 2011
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Company: Lexia Learning Systems, Inc., 200 Baker Ave., Concord, MA 01742, info@lexialearning.com, (800) 435-3942, www.lexialearning.com

Price: The cost of Lexia Reading 8.0 depends on the number of schools, students, and parts of the program purchased. Contact Lexia for a specific price quote.

Audience: Pre-K through 12th-grade students, including home-schoolers and adult learners.

Format: Lexia Reading 8.0 is a technology-based reading curriculum designed to predict student performance, grade-level assessments, and more. Teacher and administrator parts of the program are internet-based, while the student portion requires installation on student computers due to extensive multimedia content.

In addition, version 8.0 includes an iPhone app that enables teachers and administrators to view student performance data on iPhones.

System Requirements: To run student computers, Macs require Mac OS X 10.4 or higher, at least 256MB of RAM, at least 500MB hard-drive space, a headset (recommended) or speakers, and a 32MB accelerated video graphics card or better. Windows computers require Windows XP (SP3), Vista, or Windows 7 (Professional and Ultimate). Both platforms require an internet connection, a compatible web browser for MyLexia.com, and access to student.mylexia.com.

Access to teacher/administrator programs require Mac OS X 10.4 or higher and Safari 3+, Firefox 3+, or Windows XP (SP3), Vista, Windows 7 (Professional and Ultimate), and Internet Explorer 7+ or Firefox 3+. JavaScript must be enabled, and Lexia Quick Reading Test requires the Adobe Shockwave plug-in v11+. Lexia Lessons and Lexia Skill Builders PDF files require Adobe Acrobat Reader v7.0.9+.

Description: Lexia Reading 8.0 provides a complete technology-based reading curriculum. It provides the needed practice, additional paper-based instruction, and skills practice to enable students to learn to read. Lexia Reading offers students a reading program that provides intensive time on task, with focused activities, scaffolding, and branching. It immediately assesses and reports to teachers exactly how each student is progressing.

REPORT CARD
Overall Rating:4 Stars
Installation:A
Content/Features:A
Ease of Use:A
Product Support:A

Reviewer Comments:

Installation/Access: This is a matter of installing software and setting up teacher, student, class, and administrative IDs. Access Rating: A

Content/Features: One important feature of Lexia Reading 8.0 is Assessment Without Testing, which offers an accurate, detailed picture of reading performance for districts, schools, and students, done in real time, without having to administer tests. It offers norm-referenced, predictive performance measures.

While students work on systematic, structured skill development activities at their grade and reading levels, the program records student responses and adjusts student activity accordingly. The program identifies students for small-group or individualized instruction, and teachers are given targeted instructional strategies and structured lesson plans.

Lexia Reading 8.0 is intended to be a complete reading curriculum, combining software, web-based material, and 75 supporting paper-based lessons. In addition, this latest release has seven new Lexia Lessons for use on interactive whiteboards in SMART and Promethean formats.

This is a wonderful program with only one problem: Adequate use requires lots of computer access for all students—something my district and many others can’t provide at this time. Content/Features Rating: A

Ease of Use: Lexia Reading 8.0 is easy enough to use, but it is a complicated program that requires advance preparation. Students will need help to get started. Ease of Use Rating: A

Product Support: Lexia Learning Systems customer support is available by phone from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST on the company’s toll-free customer support line, (800) 435-3942 ext. 231. Email is available on the website as is extensive documentation, FAQs, and more. Staff training is available as well. Product Support Rating: A

Recommendation: Lexia Reading 8.0 is an excellent, well-designed program, and I recommend it for all K–12 schools that can provide adequate computer time. Recommended.

Reviewer: Charles Doe (charliegd@sbcglobal.net) is a 39-year teacher, including 10 years as elementary media specialist in Hastings Area Schools in Hastings, Mich. For the past 12 years, he has written articles and reviews for Internet@Schools.


 
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