Bridging the Literacy Gap: American College of Education and Lexia’s Crucial Role in Educator Preparation


March 19, 2024

Regina Collins

Regina Collins

Senior Customer Success Engineer at Lexia Learning

Literacy is the foundation of education, empowering individuals to navigate the complexities of the modern world. In the United States, however, literacy rates have been a cause for concern. According to the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), only 33% of fourth-grade and 31% of eighth-grade students perform at or above proficient levels in reading. The need to address these alarming statistics has highlighted the importance of relevant and updated educator preparation to equip teachers with the tools necessary for effective literacy instruction.

Teachers are the frontline warriors in the battle against low literacy rates. Their ability to provide effective literacy instruction is directly tied to the quality of their training. Understanding the science of reading, incorporating research-based strategies and staying informed on the latest developments in literacy instruction are essential for educators to make a lasting impact on their students.

Educator Preparation That Addresses Literacy Needs

Lexia has emerged as a leader in addressing the need for relevant educator preparation through their offering of teacher professional development programs such as LETRS and ASPIRE Professional Learning. These courses dive into the science of reading, providing educators with research-based strategies that have been proven to significantly enhance literacy skills in students. They cover topics such as phonology, phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension – all essential components of effective literacy instruction.

LETRS emphasizes the importance of early identification of struggling readers. Teachers are trained to use diagnostic assessments to identify students who may be at risk for reading difficulties. This early intervention approach allows educators to address literacy challenges before they become more significant obstacles for the learner. One of the key strengths of these courses is their bridge to practice assignments that occur at the end of each unit. Teachers are not just learning theoretical concepts – they are guided on how to apply this knowledge directly in their classrooms to make a tangible impact on student literacy skills.

Lexia has taken it a step further by partnering with American College of Education (ACE).  Teachers who successfully finish the LETRS or ASPIRE professional learning program can now submit their course transcripts to ACE, enabling them to acquire 12 graduate-level credits. These credits can be seamlessly transferred into one of ACE’s affordable advanced degree programs, further expanding their educator knowledge and preparation. In 2023, ACE transcribed a total of 12,983 LETRS/ASPIRE courses, allowing educators to earn college credits.

The Power of Professional Development With Higher Education

The partnership between ACE and Lexia extends beyond a mere credit transfer mechanism. It represents a commitment to continuous learning and recognizes the significance of equipping educators with both practical strategies and formal educational recognition. This integration of LETRS into the broader academic landscape empowers teachers to not only implement evidence-based literacy instruction but also advance their own professional development.

Through the ACE/Lexia partnership, educators gain access to a pathway that seamlessly combines practical literacy instruction with academic accreditation. This innovative approach addresses the immediate need for effective literacy strategies and elevates the status of literacy education within the broader framework of teacher preparation. As educators strive to make a lasting impact on student literacy, the ACE/Lexia collaboration ensures that their efforts are recognized and supported on an institutional level. Equipped with the proper knowledge and techniques, teachers have the power to help their students develop literacy. It’s on educator preparation programs to make sure their curriculum covers what teachers need to know, and it’s even better when those programs provide opportunities for educators to continue their learning with academic credentials and advanced degrees.

Close Chat