Dr. Donald Aguillard: Improving Louisiana Educational Assessment Program (LEAP) Scores in St. Mary Parish SchoolsDec 9, 2010
After just weeks of working on Fast ForWord products, high school student Kenny Hilliard is finally reading on grade level and headed for Louisiana State University on a football scholarship. Why continue waiting for Superman when you can get results like these now?
A study conducted in Western Australia using a randomized controlled trial design showed that students who used the Fast ForWord products made significantly greater language and literacy gains than students who did not use the Fast ForWord products.
Students were selected from grades one through eight to participate in this longitudinal study on the effects of using the Fast ForWord Reading software in Clarke County School District in Georgia. It was determined that 40% of the non-proficient students reached CRCT reading proficiency in one year with the use of the Fast ForWord Reading software.
In a one-month intensive summer school program in 2009, students in Marion County Schools in West Virginia worked on the Reading Assistant program and saw growth of 68 points on the Scholastic Reading Inventory (SRI), more than half the expected yearly gain of 100 to 120 points.
In four years, the percent of fourth graders in the district performing at or above Basic on the initial LEAP ELA test increased impressively from 53% to 78%, starting out far below the state average and then exceeding it.
A Nevada DOE report on SB185 concludes that Fast ForWord products increased student reading achievement by an average of 22.2 percentage points, the largest average impact of all programs reviewed.