The National Center for Education Statistics has found that approximately two-thirds of U.S. eighth-grade students cannot read proficiently.

That percentage has held relatively steady for 25 years.

To help schools and districts close the achievement gap for non-proficient readers in grades six and above, Lexia Learning, a Rosetta Stone Inc. (NYSE: RST) Company, has released Lexia PowerUp Literacy™. 

The new program is designed to “simultaneously accelerate the development of both fundamental literacy skills and higher-order thinking skills through adaptive learning paths,” says Nick Gaehde, President of Lexia Learning. 

Developed specifically for adolescent students, PowerUp identifies skill gaps and provides personalized and systematic instruction in word study, grammar and comprehension.

By engaging students with a range of relevant, high-interest authentic texts; instructional videos; and game-based motivational elements, PowerUp is intended to help students take ownership of their learning, acknowledging their growing autonomy and building their confidence.

“Schools and districts need to prepare all middle and high school students, including non-proficient readers, for college and careers, so closing the literacy achievement gap in grades 6-12 is often a matter of special concern.

“That’s especially true when teachers don’t feel they have the training or tools to support non-proficient readers,” said Gaehde.

“PowerUp equips teachers with the knowledge, data and instructional resources they need to support and motivate those readers.” Learn more.