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.

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What’s happening at LightSail
EDUCATION WORLD: LightSail’s Challenge Inspired Tens of Thousands of Students to Read Over 300,000 Digital Books

Education World recently reported on the winner’s of LightSail’s 2017 Launch Reading Challenge. To encourage reading and literacy skills, the article notes, LightSail Education had a K-12 reading competition in October of 2017, that tens of thousands of students in the U.S and Mexico participated in. The students read over 300,000 digital books, and the […]

THE LANCASTER NEWS: ILMS wins U.S. reading contest, logs 177,442 minutes in October

The Lancaster News reported that Indian Land Middle School won first place in the LightSail Launch Challenge, with students reading 177,442 minutes on LightSail over the four-week contest. ILMS had nearly 1,000 students participate in the challenge, which took place during the entire month of October, and the school won $3,000 worth of premium e-books from […]

LightSail Announces Winners of Fall 2017 Reading Challenge

For Immediate Release: November 6, 2017 LightSail Announces Winners of Fall 2017 Reading Challenge Nationwide, Students Devour 311,101 Books, Spend 5.1 Million Minutes Reading during October. Schools from South Carolina and New York Earn Top Spots. (New York, NY – November 6, 2017) – LightSail Education today announced the winners of the 2017 LightSail Launch 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.