Rosetta Stone : Lexia Learning Receives $500,000 Grant to Fund the Integration
of New Writing Solution into Lexia Reading Core5 Program
Lexia Learning Receives $500,000 Grant toFund the Integration of New Writing
Solution into Lexia Reading Core5 Program
Designed for the ELA Common Core State Standards for Writing,the
ComprehensiveSystem will include Writing Instruction, Digital Editing, and
BOSTON - Aug. 13, 2013 - Lexia Learning®, a Rosetta Stone® (NYSE:RST) company,
has won a $500,000 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's Literacy
Courseware Challenge to support the creation and testing of a writing
component that will be added to the newly released Lexia Reading Core5(TM)
program. Scheduled for Beta release in the fall of 2014, the proposed Lexia
Reading Core5 Writing Solution(TM) will address the Common Core State
Standards (CCSS) for writing and support writing instruction for students in
grades four and five who are performing on or below their grade level as well
as remedial students in grades six through eight performing below a
"The Gates Foundation's inspiring commitment to improving educational tools
and technology has become one of the industry's key catalysts for innovation,"
said Lexia President Nick Gaehde. "With this grant, Lexia can accelerate the
development of our new solution to help students strengthen their literacy and
writing skills needed for success in the 21^st century."
Through the courseware content, students will learn how to write narrative
passages as well as expository texts to develop skills such as comparison and
contrasting, summarizing and paraphrasing, and analyzing an author's viewpoint
or opinion. As in the Core5 reading program, the Writing Solution's online
activities will adapt to student performance in real time, allowing all
students to progress along an individualized path, moving ahead as they
successfully master skills, and branching automatically when they need
additional practice. The combination of this personalized approach and the
program's explicit instruction is designed to enable at-risk students to close
the gap faster and on-level or advanced students to continue to progress with
limited support from their teacher.
The new writing component will contain a series of online activities that
allow students to develop the critical connection between deep reading and
writing. Each unit includes three tasks focused on distinct components of the
*Answering targeted questions in order to identify and highlight key text
structure elements and applying note-taking strategies.
*Organizing the key elements into a framework that will serve as a scaffold
*Drafting, editing, revising and publishing using different tools in a
multi-step, scaffolded process.
The program's activity design helps students understand that writing is an
iterative process that involves feedback, reflection and revision. Digital
checklists will support students' self-evaluation and self-editing as well as
teacher corrections and peer review. Teachers will also have access to digital
scoring rubrics and will be able to provide feedback via audio recordings or
written notes. Students' work will be stored in digital portfolios as a record
of their progress over time.
The written pieces can be used in digital or print form for editing and small
group instruction. Students will also publish their work to an online
newsstand that can be shared with classmates, parents and teachers. Students
will reinforce and extend their learning via small-group or independent work
using aligned Lexia Skill Builders®, including additional online activities
such as writing prompts and Internet links for research.
Gaehde concluded, "Since its founding in 1984, Lexia has based our product
development on scientific research and firsthand experience in the classroom.
This perspective has informed our approach for the Lexia Reading Core5 Writing
Solution product design, providing a unique, technology-based writing solution
that will expand upon our research-proven methodology, serving millions of
students across the country."
About Lexia Reading
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technology, today more than one million students are currently improving their
reading proficiency with Lexia. A Rosetta Stone company, Lexia has been
nationally recognized and proven effective in sixpeer-reviewed,
research-based outcome studies published in scientific journals such as The
Journal of Reading Research and the Bilingual Research Journal. For more
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