Lexia Learning Systems has released the results of an informal survey of superintendents, supervisors, principals and teachers who attended the recent Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) Annual Conference in San Francisco, Calif. The results suggest that, while most educators agree effective learning requires differentiated practice, timely and detailed assessment data, and targeted instructional methods to address skill gaps, those same educators feel they lack the data and instructional tools to deliver effective learning.
Lexia polled more than 200 education professionals at the ASCD Conference. Attendees were asked about their school or district's ability to gather and use data to provide targeted, differentiated learning.
One out of four educators indicated that it is too difficult for teachers to obtain the data they need to affect classroom instruction, while more than a third feel they spend too much time testing. In addition, less than one-third of teachers felt they had the resources to offer targeted instruction, and fewer (25 percent) believed their students receive enough differentiated instruction.
To help address this problem for reading education, the comprehensive reading software program Lexia Reading provides the needed differentiated, data-driven and targeted system to deliver independent, individualized practice and differentiated instruction, according to the Lexia announcement.
Lexia offers support for critical reading skills development for all students in grades pre-K-4, as well as for students in grades 5-12 needing to accelerate their reading skills progress. The program includes more than 900 age-appropriate activities conforming to federal guidelines and focused on the five major areas of reading. Students using the web-based, SIF certified program work independently as the software automatically differentiates the content to match each student's skill level, detecting when additional practice is needed and advancing students to the next level when skills have been mastered. Lexia's Assessment Without Testing technology gives administrators and teachers access to performance data gathered from students' daily activities in the program-without stopping the flow of instruction to administer tests or wait for results. The software quickly identifies students at risk for reading failure, highlighting specific skill deficits and aggregating student performance data at the student, class, school or district level.
Teachers are automatically provided with Lexia Lessons and Lexia Skill Builders, a set of explicit, scripted lesson plans and paper and pencil practice sheets for targeted skill instruction and offline practice.
Source: Lexia Learning, www.lexialearning.com