Improving youth literacy by providing students with digital access to perfectly suited texts and accompanying assessments.

Children in the United States who are unable to read proficiently by 3rd grade are 4 times more likely to drop out of school in later years. LightSail is dedicated to solving the most complex problems in K-12 literacy. Designed by teachers and influenced by students in K-12 schools, LightSail's personalized reading platform helps all students become competent readers. Every child using the platform not only has free access to thousands of fiction and nonfiction texts, but will be reading books that are "just right" for their reading level. Students choose books from the digital library, complete embedded assessments as they read, and engage in real-time dialogue with their teachers, facilitating reading advancement. Students reading 25 minutes a day on LightSail are seeing 2+ years of Lexile growth in a single year. LightSail, now available in both English and Spanish, has been recognized by Forbes, EdSurge, and Common Sense Media. 

FOUNDED
2012

AREAS OF IMPACT
Education

HEADQUARTERS
United States

COMPANY SIZE
21–50

Gideon Stein

Gideon Stein (Founder & CEO) has been an Unreasonable Fellow since July 2016 after participating in Project Literacy Lab 2016.

Project Literacy Lab 2016
12
TERRITORIES OF OPERATION
$26M
MONEY RAISED

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