How I Use It
Lexia Reading Core 5 is more of a reading program than a supplement to what you already do. It has a technology component, individual practice sheets and teacher lessons to help students fill in the reading gaps they might have. The Core 5 Version is for students k-5 and Lexia has a different product for students 6-12. I have not used this program, but it would need to be used as a sole reading program to teach skills that help children to progress from learning to read, to reading to learn. The computer activities are adaptive and keeps track of student progress in mastering Common Core Standards without testing needed. It could potentially take place of quarterly assessments. A teacher has constant data on how the student is doing with very specific skills and can use it to drive instruction. The data system will group students who all need the same lesson taught by the teacher, and will inform the teacher how much time the student needs to master a specific skill. The last perk of the program is that if a student provides an incorrect answer, an explanation will be provided. If the student misses the concept again, it will reteach the concept at a slower pace. The program is set up to use like a center based reading approach, where some students are doing activities, some are using the technology and some are in a group with the teacher.
This program looks like it has been very well thought out. It has engaging activities and is personalized to each student. I really respect the creators for allowing the program to constantly collect data without making the students stop to take a test. To begin the program, the students take a placement test, so they start at the right level. The fact that it works with tablets and ipads is excellent, but there certainly does not need to be a 1 to 1 environment for this to work. I have yet to find out if there is any literature included in the program and have received the following pricing information:The cost of the program is either based on the number of students ($4,000 for the first 100 students, or $40 per student, per year ) or the school ( $8,500/year for unlimited). This allows all students to access Lexia from any computer in school or from home. I was also looking for a free trial and have not been able to find out if there is one yet. Lexia Core5 is only a reading program, but really seems to reach every student and continuously updates the teacher with data.