Research has shown the critical need for students to become proficient readers by the end of the third grade. Many states have passed legislation or put programs in place to support this goal, including AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, DC, FL, GA, ID, IA, KY, LA, MD, MN, MO, NM, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, RI, SC, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WV, WI, WY.

According to the Annie E. Casey Foundation report, 6.6 million low-income children in the birth to age 8 group are at increased risk of failing to graduate from high school on time because they won’t be able to meet NAEP’s proficient reading level by the end of third grade.

The Fast ForWord® Program

Because many students lack cognitive learning skills, they have difficulty acquiring reading proficiency.  At the same time that the Fast ForWord program develops reading and language skills, it also builds the cognitive skills of memory, attention, processing speed, and sequencing that are necessary for all learning, including reading.

Early elementary students can make significant gains in phonemic awareness, a critical early reading skill, with Fast ForWord Language


In another study, third grade students who used Fast ForWord Reading 2 made significant improvements on reading fluency after Fast ForWord participation and significantly outperformed a comparison group of their peers who did not use the product. 


The Reading Assistant™ Program

Once students can comfortably read 25 words per minute, they are ready for Reading Assistant, a program that builds fluency, vocabulary and comprehension. Reading Assistant is the only online reading program that provides real-time feedback as the student reads a selection out loud. And with over 300 leveled reading selections for grades K-12, students can get the additional individual reading practice they need to become better readers.

Students who use the Reading Assistant program have been able to increase their reading level 50% more than students receiving classroom instruction alone.


Recorded Webinar

Read By Third Grade

Dr. Martha Burns discusses the newest science behind learning to read. As an expert in her field, she discusses innovative approaches to reading intervention that can reach even the most struggling of readers, and how teacher and technology-based reading solutions can get students back on track.

If you would like to see our products in action, please request a personal online demo. We will contact you to schedule a time that is convenient for you.