Common Sense Review
Updated June 2014

Lexia Reading Core5

Dynamic, game-based reading promotes targeted, individualized growth
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Common Sense Rating 4
  • The extensive program supports personalized learn-ro-read instruction.
  • Students learn to read in a game-based environment.
  • Students get feedback on progress along the way.
  • A wealth of resources help teachers integrate the program into their curricula.
  • Data offers predictions of student outcomes based on current results and trends.
Highly interactive software and printable lessons allow for excellent blended-learning opportunities.
Opportunities for social interaction and collaborative engagement among students could push learning even further.
Bottom Line
Actionable data on students' progress offers opportunities for personalized instruction and meaningful growth in reading.
Stephanie Trautman
Common Sense Reviewer
Classroom teacher
Common Sense Rating 4
Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return? 5

Engaging games and cute, colorful graphics make for a fun learning-to-read experience. The game-based reading instruction promotes exciting level-up opportunities, mirrored in both the gameplay and students' reading abilities.

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer? 4

The ability to predict reading success gives teachers valuable insights into each student's learning. Ongoing feedback helps students target specific skills.

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students? 4

There are many supports for both students and teachers. More scaffolding for students with special needs could make the tool even more versatile.

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How Can Teachers Use It?

Lexia Reading Core5 is best used in a blended scenario, where students work individually online while working more socially in corresponding offline activities. The myLexia site offers an outstanding variety of lesson plans with corresponding classwork. Whether you're in the classroom or at home, be sure to give students time to work independently and at their own pace.

Take advantage of the program's data to monitor and respond to each student’s progress. Data includes the probability of students' reading success (showing whether a child will reach grade-level reading by the end of the year). You can also get a diagnostic profile, and see skill development in various areas including: word recognition, vocabulary knowledge, syntactic knowledge, and reading comprehension. Use the myLexia portal's recommendations to boost the predicted outcomes for student learning. These can include information on specific class-wide skills to work on, as well as prompts for targeted, small-group instruction.

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What's It Like?

Lexia Reading Core5 provides personalized learning in foundational reading skills for students of all abilities. The program actually focuses on six aspects of reading instruction: phonological awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, and structural analysis. Although it's targeted at kindergartners through fifth-graders, Lexia Core5 could also potentially be used with older students who struggle with reading. The program assesses students’ reading skills, predicts year-end performance on reading tests, and then tailors recommendations to teachers on how to boost each child’s outcomes, including specific skills that each child should work on.

The site (and Chrome app) also provides a bevy of offline, targeted instructional resources for teachers to use with individuals, small groups, or an entire class. There's also an online component that students can access either at school or at home where learning becomes more student-driven; students can work their way through activities, unlocking different levels along the way. At the end of each level, students move into a test, aka an "adaptive placement experience"; from this, teachers receive information on how to help further differentiate instruction.

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Is It Good For Learning?

Lexia Reading Core5 allows students to find success in reading through a two-pronged approach; teachers get actionable data around students' successes and areas for improvement, while students challenge themselves though personalized game-based online instruction. In each of the program's reading levels are two phases; students must complete both to advance to the next level. The fun, fast-paced warm-up games are a thoughtful addition; before each lesson students can "get in the zone" before they work to better their comprehension. But the tool's flexibility may be its greatest asset; teachers can supplement the online games with their existing lessons or use the vast selection of resource materials found within the myLexia site. These include detailed lesson plans, skill-building worksheets, extension materials, and training videos.

Students will be engaged in the fun, interactive games while also receiving a great deal of support. If a student makes an error, she's prompted to go through some guided practice, focused specifically on areas for growth. One thing to note is that students complete all online work individually and never interact with other users on the site. Depending on how teachers build in offline activities, this could be a drawback. The lack of interactive or collaborative online features seems like a missed opportunity in an otherwise powerful reading platform. Nevertheless, the program can be used very effectively 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.

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