Teachers, School Administrators
and Districts can import articles
via web links, PDFs, or Google
Docs to the LightSail platform
to supplement the existing
LightSail content and address
curriculum text needs.


Teachers, School Administrators and Districts can create assignments,
such as exit tickets, anticipation guides, assessments, or homework
assignments, using the Content Builder’s multiple choice, short
response, extended response, and true/false assessment tools.

They can also upload their own Google Doc assessments with Google
Classroom integration.


Teachers, School Administrators
and Districts can use or edit preset
LightSail rubrics, or upload their own
rubrics to track student progress over
time. In the Results feature, teachers
can view results at the class and
student-level broken down by rubric



Teachers, School Administrators
and Districts can easily grade
assignments and provide
feedback to students.
Students are alerted when a
teacher grades an assignment,
and a record of the assignment
and feedback is stored in the
student’s Portfolio.


Teachers, School Administrators
and Districts can organize their
assignments, core texts, and
supplemental texts into units,
complete with essential


Teachers, School Administrators and Districts can create custom groups
of students in order to assign targeted texts and assignments, and
easily track literacy progress for a specific sub-section of their class.


Teachers, School Administratorsand Districts can sort and filter results to gauge students’
literacy growth based on a myriad of custom criteria, broken down by skill levels such as
claim, evidence, analysis, etc., or by demographics and teacher criteria, such as IEP
students, ELL students, etc. Teachers can use the filter features to create targeted groups to support
students struggling or excelling in the same skill areas.

Support Growing Readers

Immediately Engage Students
Simple intuitive design has classrooms reading within minutes.
Exponentially Grow Reading Time
Students love the LightSail experience and naturally spend more time reading.
Accelerate Literacy Development
Students reading 25 minutes a day on LightSail are seeing 2+ years of Lexile growth in a single year.

Let's Take a Tour

Take a look at what LightSail has to offer. Watch our product tour video.


Unparalleled free content in
The LightSail Library

Excellent content shouldn't come at a high price. That's why The LightSail Library is free for all of our schools. Through partnerships with leading content providers like News For Kids and Antares Reading™, LightSail gives students and educators access to thousands of outstanding fiction and nonfiction texts – at no additional cost and with unlimited copies.

The LightSail Library contains texts for students from grades K-12 written across a wide range of Lexile measures. These texts are embedded with assessments and cover a variety of subject matter. Now all students can discover who they are as readers through a broad and appealing library filled with great texts.

Keep students learning with
Embedded assessments & motivation built right in!

Progress monitoring is embedded into daily practice in a natural way. Students answer multiple-choice, written-response, and Cloze assessments throughout each text. As student ability grows, LightSail tracks achievement and updates the selections in each reader’s library – that way, students are always reading just right texts.

LightSail’s educators have also built several key motivators into the app! Students can track their progress against individual reading goals, check their Lexile scores and the number of texts they’ve completed and show off their achievement badges – all via their personal data dashboard. Readers can also chat with peers and teachers during the reading experience using LightSail’s in-app social network.

Engage students with
Personalized Libraries

Starting with an initial adaptive assessment, LightSail automatically creates personalized libraries for each of your students based on their reading abilities. These libraries adapt as students grow, ensuring they are already reading "just right" books.

In order to get your digital program off the ground, LightSail comes pre-loaded with over 6,000 assessed texts for free. As your school's content needs grow, and you are ready to expand your digital library, LightSail provides access to over 4,500+ premium books at a wide variety of interests and reading levels.

Focus on your students’ full potential using customized
Growth data for students and educators

LightSail was designed to tackle the logistical burden of differentiation in the ELA classroom, so teachers can focus on what really matters – targeted instruction.

Educators get real-time access to meaningful data about student reading behavior, comprehension and growth. With access to student annotations and dashboards that show both individual as well as class performance, teachers are able to fine-tune instruction in ways that were rarely possible before.

For every step of the way
Human Support

Great support is a key factor in the success of any technology you bring into your classroom. Your digital transition takes you into new territory and we want to make sure you have everything you need.

LightSail is invested in your success, so we've got you covered every step of the way. Even prior to launch, your LightSail support team is there to get you off to a great start and we continue to be available to keep you going all year long.

LightSail Reverses Summer Slide

In 2015, LightSail’s SummerSail Reading Program provided at-risk middle school students with access to LightSail for seven weeks in an effort to combat “summer slide” — a phenomenon by which economically disadvantaged children rarely read during the summer as compared to their more advantaged peers.

This research study evaluates the program’s impact and outcomes for 280 students from in a large urban school district.