13. RTI Success

A notice by Lexia Learning Systems, headquartered in Concord, Massachusetts, lays out the advantages of its computer software program to enhance literacy acquisition. “To boost the performance of struggling readers and improve reading proficiency for all students, more than 700 schools and districts in Illinois have turned to the Lexia Reading® software program.”

The system promotes early intervention to prevent later reading problems. It is technology based. Students use computers to work independently on over 900 activities.

At Walter S. Christopher Elementary School, Principal Mary McAloon reports wide applications of Lexia Reading for struggling children with different needs:

“McAloon notes that Lexia Reading’s data reporting features make a significant impact, helping with writing IEP goals, organizing reading groups, collecting information for Response to Intervention (RTI) and planning meaningful differentiated instruction.”

McAloon says the children love their time on Lexia. “It is rare that a teacher ever has to bring them back to task. Furthermore, they willingly come before school starts and stay after school to work on the program. That’s what gets me excited about the future in education — engaging students, challenging students, and helping students succeed.”


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