Lexia Core5 Reading

Blended reading program offers individualized growth

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Subjects & Skills

Communication & Collaboration, English Language Arts

Price: Paid
Platforms: Web

Pros: A mix of independent digital activities and data-driven, teacher-led instruction makes for more effective learning.

Cons: Digital instruction lacks closed captions and creative or social play.

Bottom Line: This is a research-backed blended reading platform that builds literacy skills and helps teachers plan and deliver targeted instruction in the classroom.

The Lexia Core5 Reading program offers students individualized literacy instruction based on diagnostic data. Its blended learning design balances students' individual work with some more social offline activities. Teachers can use Lexia to compliment classroom literacy instruction and provide differentiation through a menu of activities and learning games. It's designed with a range of learners in mind, building their phonemic awareness and phonics so they can move from "learning to read to reading to learn," according to Lexia. Teachers can use Lexia Core5 Reading during literacy centers or as an independent assignment to be done at school or at home, monitoring how well the learning adapts to and targets students' individual needs.

Take advantage of the program's real-time data to monitor and respond to each student's progress. One unique feature is its prediction of students reaching grade level by the end of the year. Of course, teachers will want to not treat this as gospel, but extra info. To fill out the picture, teachers can also get a diagnostic profile and see ongoing skill development, including word recognition, vocabulary knowledge, syntactic knowledge, and reading comprehension. If there are gaps, teachers can use the myLexia portal's content recommendations to boost the predicted outcomes. These can include information on specific class-wide skills to work on, as well as prompts for targeted, small-group instruction. The digital and offline resources in myLexia are useful interventions tools for helping certain students acquire the skills they need. The site offers an outstanding variety of lesson plans with corresponding classwork for whole group, small group, or individual instruction. Whether you're in the classroom or at home, be sure to give students time to work independently and at their own pace.

Lexia Core5 Reading is an elementary literacy program that aims to build foundational reading skills for students through personalized learning. The three-part blended-learning model incorporates individualized online learning activities, ongoing progress monitoring, and a library of lessons and resources for data informed, teacher led instruction. The program focuses on six aspects of reading instruction: phonological awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, and structural analysis. The adaptive program assesses students' reading skills to design a starting point and makes tailored recommendations to teachers on how to boost each child's outcomes, including specific skills that each child should work on. Students can access Lexia Core5 Reading at school or at home, working their way through activities and unlocking different levels along the way. The program offers students 21 different levels and at the end of each level, students move into an "adaptive placement experience," which provides data that teachers can use to help further differentiate instruction. Lexia Core5 Reading aims to be student driven, so students can monitor their progress through a simple dashboard and then choose activities they want to work on. To promote engagement and motivation, the program incorporates colorful destination themed animation and activities. Students navigate the world map on the dashboard to explore different locations and unlock literacy activities. This dashboard lets students, as well as parents and teachers, know quickly what's been done and what's left to do. 

Teachers can access real-time, actionable data in myLexia, including predictive data that assesses students' probably of ending the year at appropriate grade level. Students' activity generates data reports that allow teachers to track student progress and compare it to CCSS, TEKS, or FL BEST standards and grade level expectations. In addition to data reports, teachers can access suggested action plans and a slew of offline, targeted instructional resources.  For example, the Skills Builders, which can be printed or assigned digitally, can be given to students to work through as an extension. Considering teachers' planning preferences, the program offers lesson plans in printable PDF format as well as Lexia Lesson Slide Decks that can be downloaded and edited in Google Drive. All these resources are designed to further target students' needs and tailor instruction. Teachers can also find professional learning resources, including expert videos and interactive courses, centered on effective literacy instruction in the Lexia Academy.  

Lexia Core5 Reading offers a balanced and comprehensive approach to reading instruction. Teachers get actionable data around students' successes and areas for improvement, while students challenge themselves though personalized, game-based online instruction. The fact that this program helps teachers identify at risk students, predict future performance, and monitor growth without having to stop and formally assess is quite appealing. The online activities are fairly engaging, and the warm-up games are a particularly good feature. (Students play these before lessons to "get in the zone" before diving in to the meatier activities.) To boost accessibility, the program incorporates native language supports for English Language Learners (ELLs), allowing them to hear introductions and directions in their native language when needed; however, the instructions during the activities aren't captioned.

The whole program usefully puts students in charge of what they do (among the given choices, of course), and they're meant to work through activities of their choosing and at their own pace. Students get a good deal of support to help them along. For instance, if students demonstrate less than 90% accuracy while practicing standard-based skills, they're prompted to go through a guided practice focused specifically on areas for growth. Here they get simplified activities and meaningful scaffolds; the program removes choices, simplifies visuals, includes author embedded support, and/or modifies language complexity. If students are still having difficulty, Lexia offers another tier of support, the instructional step, where they'll experience explicit, targeted instruction. myLexia alerts teachers of students receiving supports within a skill and makes recommendations for teacher led lessons. 

One thing to note is that students complete all online work individually and never interact with other users on the site. They also don't engage in any creative activities. However, teachers can use extra resource materials, including detailed lesson plans, skill-building worksheets, extension materials to support in classroom activities and make things more social. In this way, Lexia Core5 would be most effective in reading centers where students can get direct instruction from a teacher, work online individually, and work collaboratively in small groups. Students with dyslexia or other learning difficulties will likely be able to improve their reading but may need additional scaffolding and support.

Learning Rating

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Cute, colorful visuals and playful instructions makes for a palatable learning experience. There are also level-up opportunities, mirrored in both the gameplay and students' reading abilities.


The predictions about future success give teachers unique, valuable insight into each student's learning path. Reinforcement and ongoing feedback helps students target specific skills.


Tons of extension options. Great dashboard. Scaffolds support students across a range of ability levels and ELLs. Instructions could use closed captions though.

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Surprisingly Effective in Our Case

My 5 year old just started Level 13 on Lexia Core5 up from Level 2 from the beginning of the school year, and his reading has absolutely skyrocketed mostly because of this app. He's reading entire books with ease now. Previously, we just couldn't make progress using Khan Academy or other attempts at reading. He always seemed afraid to read, even though his phonics level was fairly advanced. Now he's reading with a lot of confidence. The reason why Lexia works for him, imho, is because of the way it shows progress which motivates completion of bite sized lessons. As someone who grew up playing a lot of JRPG video games, the concept of grinding and accumulating experience points is very similar. I agree with another reviewer who praised the gamification aspect of the app.

Every level has 10 sections consisting of about 80 pie slices / lessons in total. A lesson can take 2 to 20 minutes (or longer...). My kid loves seeing the slices fill up and feels very accomplished whenever he moves up a level. Note that it can be close to unforgiving. If you make more than 1 mistake during the lesson, usually, it will go more in depth regarding what you got wrong, and if you screw that up, then it will pound you into submission. That way, you can't just fake your way through it. I'm a big fan of this, even though it can be very frustrating for my kid. I just remind him making mistakes is a part of learning. The only lesson I didn't like had something to do with syllable separation. It was basically the only one I gave any help with because it barely made sense to me and absolutely not to him.

Make sure your device isn't too old, as the app can be dreadfully slow in that case. My kid worked on an iPad Mini 2 (obtained around 2015) for a lot of it, and some of the lessons that required dragging were extremely painful, as he knew what the answer would be but would accidentally put it in the wrong place, starting a sublesson (sometimes sub-sublesson) that he didn't need to do. A lot of tears there. That being said, we unfortunately let our kid watch a lot of Youtube (especially when sick - darn pandemic), so doing a Lexia lesson or 3 (or Math lesson) has been required before a large chunk of watching, even on the weekends. The constant practice has been very helpful, and my kid knows he has to focus and get to work to be able to get any fun screen time.

Lexia Levels:
PreK: Level 1
K: L2-5
1st: L6-9
2nd: L10-12
3rd: L13-15
4th: L16-18
5th: L19-21

My kid's teacher has been able to provide customized lessons for the parts that he's been struggling in, so that's been extremely helpful. I had bought the home version earlier in the year, but it was unnecessary, as my kid gets it through his school. If you want to change the level for the home version, you'll have to contact Lexia Support, who have been very responsive.

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