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 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
New Learning Times: Gideon Stein on founding LightSail Education

LightSail founder and CEO Gideon Stein was featured in a recent interview where he discussed the founding of LightSail. The article described LightSail’s goal to get, and keep,   students engaged by providing a library of books, texts, and assessments that are appropriate for students’ personal abilities while adapting as they progress. “The beauty of having embedded, real-time […]

THE GUARDIAN: LightSail is helping kids get on the right reading level

LightSail founder and CEO Gideon Stein was featured in a recent story in through his work with Project Literacy Lab, a new initiative co-founded by Pearson and Unreasonable Group to wrap resources around the fastest growing ventures worldwide positioned to solve key challenges tied to illiteracy. The article described LightSail’s embedded assessments as the key to keeping students engaged, […]

EDUCATION DIVE: LightSail 25 aims to increase reading stamina and inspire daily reading

Students in grades K-12 are rising to the The LightSail 25 Reading Challenge, which aims to increase student reading stamina and build excitement around literacy. The challenge is open to classrooms across the U.S. that use LightSail, uniting them with the common goal of reading as much as possible during each day of the challenge. […]

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.