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February 18, 2014
A Once-Struggling District, St. Mary Parish Public Schools is Now Among the Top Third in the State of Louisiana

District officials say the use of neuroscience-based software from Scientific Learning Corp. helped students build cognitive and reading skills for improved learning 2/18/14 Media Contact: Hallie SmithDirector of MarketingScientific Learning Corporation(619) [email protected] Investor Contact:Jane FreemanChief Financial OfficerScientific Learning Corporation(510) [email protected] Oakland, Calif. — Feb. 18, 2014 — After struggling for years to raise low student performance, the St. Mary Parish School System (SMPSS) in Centerville, La. has earned its second consecutive “B” letter grade rating from the Louisiana Department of Education. Thanks to its continued, consistent growth in academic achievement, the rural school district now ranks in the top third of the 74 Louisiana school districts receiving performance score ratings. For years, the district’s high stakes test scores lagged behind the state average. Some schools had been in Academic Assistance — a designation for schools that fail to grow sufficiently — for nearly 10 years. In the 2006-07 school year, the district began using Fast ForWord® products with seven schools that were in Academic Assistance. Fast ForWord is an online reading intervention that uses the principles of neuroplasticity — the ability of the brain to rewire and improve — to treat the underlying cause of language and reading difficulties, once and for all. “Through deliberate, collaborative action, the St. Mary Parish School System has realized significant growth in numerous student groupings including a considerable narrowing of the achievement gap among subgroups,” said Dr. Donald Aguillard, superintendent of St. Mary Parish Schools. “We began using Fast ForWord products in 2007 to promote learning and build a climate for students to realize success.  We did not know at the time that Fast ForWord and Reading Assistant would dramatically transform the educational landscape of our entire school district.  Today, we resemble a highly progressive, dynamic, educational organization focused on student learning and academic progress.” […]

December 3, 2013
Struggling Students In Hoke County Schools Achieve Significant Gains After Using The Fast ForWord And Reading Assistant Programs

12/3/13 Media Contact: Hallie SmithDirector of MarketingScientific Learning Corporation(619) [email protected] Investor Contact:Jane FreemanChief Financial OfficerScientific Learning Corporation(510) [email protected] Oakland, Calif. — Dec. 3, 2013 — Scientific Learning Corp. (OTCQB:SCIL) has named Hoke County Schools in North Carolina a National Reference Site due to strong student gains achieved after the use of the Fast ForWord® and Reading Assistant™ programs. The rural district joins a distinguished group of 35 National Reference Site schools and districts in the United States and Canada that exemplify the outstanding use of the online reading programs. The Title I district began using the programs during the 2011-12 school year to help struggling learners improve their reading skills and close achievement gaps. After using the products, students made significantly greater than expected growth on the Reading and Math components of the North Carolina End-of-Grade (EOG) Tests. In addition, the more Fast ForWord and Reading Assistant products students completed, the more their achievement exceeded expectations. “We’re a very high poverty county. Our students come to us way behind in many respects,” said Robert T. Barnes, Jr., assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction for Hoke County Schools. “We have a good literacy program but we needed something to help bridge the gaps for students who were far behind and bring them up to grade level — and that’s exactly what the Fast ForWord and Reading Assistant programs do. They expedite a child’s ability to learn to read and then to progress forward.” In addition to the EOG Tests, Reading Progress Indicator was also used to evaluate the impact of the Fast ForWord program on students. Initially, students’ reading skills were well below grade level. An average of four months later, the group’s skills had improved by one year. “We’re looking forward to having other schools come in and see how we’re using Fast ForWord and Reading Assistant, and how effective they are,” said Barnes. […]

November 14, 2013
Conner High School Students Significantly Improve ACT Scores After Using Reading Assistant From Scientific Learning Corp.

In the Boone County, Kentucky high school’s innovative Reading for College Success class, 89 percent of struggling readers increase ACT Reading scores after using online reading tool 11/14/13 Media Contact: Hallie SmithDirector of MarketingScientific Learning Corporation(619) [email protected] Investor Contact:Jane FreemanChief Financial OfficerScientific Learning Corporation(510) [email protected] Oakland, Calif. — Nov. 14, 2013 — According to a 2012 report by ACT®, far too many students graduate from high school ill-prepared for the academic rigors of college. Indeed, in 2012, only 52 percent of all ACT-tested high school graduates met the College Readiness Benchmark in Reading. To help close the gap between college eligibility and college readiness, Conner High School in Hebron, Ky. has created an innovative Reading for College Success course for struggling readers, which incorporates the Reading Assistant™ program from Scientific Learning Corp.(OTCQB:SCIL). After using the online reading tool for an average of four months, 89 percent of students achieved significant increases in their ACT Reading scores and 33 percent tested out of the intervention by reaching the ACT benchmark score. “Our school has a shared vision where all students will graduate college- and career-ready, and experience success after high school,” said Andrew Wyckoff, a teacher at Conner High School.“Each day, we strive to make that vision a reality and Reading Assistant is helping us achieve that vision,” said Vicki Berberich, a curriculum coach at Conner High School Part of the Boone County School District, Conner High School uses the ACT Educational Planning and Assessment System tests, including the EXPLORE® in eighth grade, PLAN® in 10th grade, and ACT in 11th grade. Conner High students who fall below criterion in Reading on the EXPLORE or the PLAN are placed on Reading Assistant and periodically re-tested with practice versions of the ACT. Reading Assistant is the only online reading tool that uses speech recognition to correct and support students […]

August 1, 2013
Raupp Elementary School In Michigan Implements Fast ForWord Program as Part of Priority School Transformation Plan

Raupp School aims to improve student achievement by incorporating the Fast ForWord online reading intervention into daily reading activities in kindergarten through fifth grade 8/1/13 Media Contact: Hallie SmithDirector of MarketingScientific Learning Corporation(619) [email protected] Investor Contact:Jane FreemanChief Financial OfficerScientific Learning Corporation(510) [email protected] Oakland, Calif. — August 1, 2013 — After being identified in the bottom 5 percent of Michigan’s Top-to-Bottom ranking of schools and being named a Priority School, Raupp Elementary School launched a Transformation plan focused on rapid turnaround. As part of this plan, Raupp School will implement the Fast ForWord® online reading intervention with all students this fall. Developed by Scientific Learning Corp.(OTCQB:SCIL), the Fast ForWord program is used in schools across Michigan and the nation to help students raise their reading skill level up to two years in as little as three months. At Raupp School, one of seven elementary schools in Lincoln Park Public Schools, 95 percent of students are eligible for free or reduced lunch. The school launched the Fast ForWord program with one class during the 2012-13 school year. This fall, all students in kindergarten through fifth grade will work on the program daily to build their reading skills and concurrently develop foundational cognitive skills such as memory, attention, processing, and sequencing. “The Fast ForWord program will blend right in with our Daily Five activities in guided reading,” said Daphne Springer, principal of Raupp School. “Our goals with Fast ForWord are to increase students’ comprehension and build their cognitive skills, which will help them overall in their learning.” About Scientific Learning Corp. We accelerate learning by applying proven research on how the brain learns. Scientific Learning’s results are demonstrated in over 270 research studies and protected by over 55 patents. Learners can realize achievement gains of up to two years in as little as three months and maintain an […]

April 9, 2013
Harlingen Consolidated ISD Expands Fast ForWord Program Implementation To All Elementary Schools

Students in 15 elementary schools achieve a seven-month gain in reading level in just 27 days of Fast ForWord participation 4/9/13 Media Contact: Hallie SmithDirector of MarketingScientific Learning Corporation(619) [email protected] Investor Contact:Jane FreemanChief Financial OfficerScientific Learning Corporation(510) [email protected] Oakland, Calif. — April 9, 2013 — After successfully implementing the Fast ForWord® program at the middle school level for more than three years, Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District (CISD) in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas has expanded its implementation to include all elementary schools as well. This year, the district rolled out the Fast ForWord online reading intervention to 15 elementary schools. Developed by Scientific Learning Corp. (OTCQB:SCIL), the Fast ForWord program addresses reading skills and concurrently develops foundational cognitive skills like memory, attention, processing, and sequencing. These cognitive skills are central to all learning, resulting in improved outcomes for reading and other subject areas, too. Students using the Fast ForWord program can raise their reading skill level up to two years in as little as three months. Harlingen CISD, which enrolls 18,500 students in 28 schools, began using the Fast ForWord program in 2009-10 in five middle schools to close reading gaps for struggling learners and students with disabilities. During the 2011-12 school year, the program was added to two elementary schools and an alternative high school. This January, the district expanded the Fast ForWord program to the remaining 15 elementary schools to support its early literacy program. At each elementary school, a minimum of 175 students work on the Fast ForWord program in the computer lab for 30 to 50 minutes a day. The program is used by diverse populations in kindergarten through fifth grade, including students working below, at or above grade level; English language learners (ELL); and students with learning disabilities. “This is our fourth year with the Fast ForWord program and we’re very […]

March 26, 2012
Korematsu Discovery Academy Makes Double-Digit Gains On State Tests While Using Scientific Learning Products

Students at the East Oakland elementary school improve their performance on the California Standards Tests in English-language arts and mathematics 3/26/12 Media Contact: Anne BergerSenior Director of MarketingScientific Learning Corporation(510) [email protected] Investor Contact: Bob FellerChief Financial OfficerScientific Learning Corporation(510) [email protected] Oakland, Calif. — March 26, 2012 — Once a low performing school, Fred T. Korematsu Discovery Academy in East Oakland has achieved double-digit gains on the California Standards Tests (CSTs) in English-language arts and mathematics, and is now a nominee for a National Blue Ribbon School. The dramatic gains are due in no small part to the hard work of teachers, students, parents and school leaders, but also to the use of the Fast ForWord® family of educational software products from Scientific Learning Corp. (NASDAQ:SCIL). In 2008-09, Korematsu Discovery Academy, a Title I school, was identified for Program Improvement after failing to make Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for two consecutive years. With support from the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD), Principal Charles Wilson launched the Fast ForWord program in fall 2010 in an after-school program for students identified at the Below Basic and Far Below Basic performance levels on the CSTs, and in a before-school program for English learners. Through the individualized, adaptive exercises of Fast ForWord software, students build memory, attention, processing, and sequencing skills in the areas of English language and reading. The program supports struggling students, as well as those working at or above grade level, by building their brain fitness and improving their ability to learn and retain knowledge. From 2009 to 2011, the percentage of students in grades 2-5 performing at the Proficient and Advanced levels on the CSTs increased from 17 percent to 41 percent in English-language arts, and from 39 percent to 67 percent in mathematics. Likewise, the school’s API score increased, rising from 641 points in 2009 to […]

February 28, 2012
Clarke County School District's Five-year Longitudinal Study Shows Students Improve Test Scores After Using Fast ForWord Products

Students of diverse ability levels achieve gains in reading and language arts on Measures of Academic Progress after using Fast ForWord products at Bulloch County, Ga., school 2/28/12 Media Contact: Jessica LindlSenior Vice President of MarketingScientific Learning Corporation(510) [email protected] Investor Contact: Bob FellerChief Financial OfficerScientific Learning Corporation(510) [email protected] Oakland, Calif. — February 27, 2012 — Sixth graders at Langston Chapel Middle School who used the Fast ForWord® family of educational software products achieved substantial gains in reading and English language arts on the Northwest Evaluation Association’s Measures of Academic Progress (MAP), according to a study by Dr. Jody Woodrum, assistant superintendent of teaching and learning for grades K-5 in Bulloch County Schools in Georgia. Bulloch County Schools began using the Fast ForWord products, developed by Scientific Learning Corp. (NASDAQ:SCIL), with targeted students during the 2007-2008 school year. During the 2009-2010 school year, for the first time, Langston Chapel Middle School used the Fast ForWord software across an entire grade. All sixth graders — including general education, at-risk, gifted and talented, English language learner, and special education students — worked on the Fast ForWord products 40 minutes a day for at least one semester. According to Woodrum’s study, 77 percent of the sixth graders at Langston Chapel Middle School made English language arts gains on the MAP after using the Fast ForWord products. For the students who achieved gains, the gains were substantial, corresponding to the 99th percentile of the Growth National Percentile Rank (GNPR). The GNPR is a measure of improvement relative to “academic peers” — students in similar grades and at similar achievement levels. In addition, 64 percent of the students increased their percentile rank on the reading component of the MAP. For the students who made reading gains, the gains were also very large, corresponding to the 95th percentile for on or above grade […]

March 29, 2011
Students Who Build Brain Fitness Improve Performance On State Tests

Schools using the Fast ForWord educational software program can accelerate learning for students in a wide spectrum of ages and abilities, and improve spring test scores 3/29/11 Media Contact: Jessica LindlSenior Vice President, Marketing and Product ManagementScientific Learning Corporation(510) [email protected] Investor Contact: Bob FellerChief Financial OfficerScientific Learning Corporation(510) [email protected] Oakland, Calif. — March 29, 2011 — On state tests administered each spring, even bright young learners worry about their performance. Take Garrett, for example. The son of an elementary school principal, Garrett had the benefit of a strong preschool education and dedicated parents who read with him every day. Yet, Garrett struggled with reading in first and second grades, and scored below grade level on the Idaho Reading Indicator (IRI). Then, in the third grade, everything changed. Garrett gained 3.7 years of growth, jumping from a second-grade to nearly a sixth-grade reading level. For the first time, he also scored at the proficient level in reading on his state test, the Idaho Standards Achievement Test (ISAT). What changed? From September to April, Garrett participated in a brain fitness program called Fast ForWord® that exercised his cognitive muscles and improved his brain function. This allowed Garrett to better take advantage of the content presented to him in school and at home, and maintain an accelerated rate of learning even after the program ended. As Garrett’s story illustrates, successful preparation for state tests involves more than high quality, standards-based subject area instruction. Forward-thinking schools are accelerating learning and improving performance on high-stakes tests by building students' brain fitness. By exercising the parts of the brain that contribute to learning — memory, attention, processing and sequencing — schools can improve students’ ability to learn and retain knowledge. At Discovery Elementary, the Title I school in Idaho Falls where Garrett’s father, Ken Marlowe, serves as principal, students began using the […]

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