We are creating a world where everyone can advance through the doorway of literacy

Good things happen when teachers, education advocates, and technologists join together for a massively transformative purpose


to the books students want to read and teachers want to teach


through personalized libraries and
adaptive assessments


with real-time data that fosters a
growth mindset


students, classrooms, and school
districts exceeding literacy goals

One in nine adult Americans struggle with employment outcomes as well as personal and social well-being – all because of low literacy skills. LightSail is dedicated to turning students into readers who will become engaged global citizens in the 21st Century.

So, in 2012 we got a group of the brightest minds in education got together to create the world’s best literacy solution. We knew a few key things from our experience in the classroom:

    • Students grow faster when engaged and challenged by an abundance of just right texts

    • Students are motivated by understanding their own progress data

    • Educators can do more with better progress monitoring

So we set to work crafting, testing and perfecting the reading experience we wish we had in our own schools.

Today we are advancing literacy in schools all across the US, serving hundreds of thousands of students across nearly 500 districts.

Awards & Reviews
Common Sense Graphite
5-Star Review
SIIA Ed Business Forum
Most Likely to Succeed
CODiE Award
SIIA Ed Business Forum
Educators' Choice
Tech & Learning
Best of ISTE
Bill Gates Personal Blog
Breakthrough Tool for Teachers
Gates Literacy Courseware Challenge
Highest Honors
Winner, Reading and Language Arts
ASU+GSV Summit
Winner, ROE VentureEd Award
EdSurge & Digital Promise DILAs
Winner, Mindful Data
Common Sense Media
Five-Star Review for 2015 & 2016 school years
Winner 2013
Common Sense Media
Top Picks, Back to School 2014
District Administration
Reader's Choice Top 100 Product, 2014
10 Companies Revolutionizing Entrepreneurship
Edsurge and digital promise dilas
2014 Winner, Mindful Data
What’s happening at LightSail
Mineola Middle School students display LightSail’s benefits in presentation to school board

A group of teachers and students from Mineola Middle School shared about their experience using LightSail at a recent school board meeting, reports The Island Now. “It amazes me how articulate the children are and how knowledgeable they are about what they are doing in school and their own learning,” Mineola school Superintendent Michael Nagler said. […]

LightSail earns another 5-star rating from Common Sense’s Graphite

For the second year in a row, Common Sense’s Graphite site for educators has given LightSail a 5-star editorial review rating. This is, quite simply, an amazing validator, as Graphite is among the most trusted clearinghouses for excellent educational products. LightSail is among one of the the most highly-reviewed literacy products on Graphite and this, […]

EDUCATION WEEK: LightSail featured among top ed tech tools for formative assessment

Education Week examines the ways ed tech tools enhance formative assessment in a recent article, “Technology Fed Growth in Formative Assessment.” The piece lists the characteristics of effective assessments in today’s top ed tech tools, including their ability to be instantaneous, embedded, and adaptive, and lists LightSail as a leader in the field. The article states, “Formative […]

Lightsail is accelerating literacy across the country

Learn more about how other districts are using the LightSail formula to help schools and teachers offer truly differentiated literacy programs that create students who love to read.