Schools across the world are using Fast ForWord programs to help their students achieve the National Minimum Standard for literacy and numeracy. Fast ForWord is able to reach these “at-risk” students, to equip them with the underlying literacy and cognitive skills necessary to make learning possible.
These are just a few of the hundreds of school-based studies. You can find a full list on the Scientific Learning website.
Students in Western Australia improve reading and language skills
A group of students aged 5-14 years who participated in the Fast ForWord program made significantly better gains on a battery of language and literacy tests than a comparison group who received the standard curriculum alone.
Four year longitudinal study – high school students improve reading achievement on state tests even after program ends
This study followed more than 500 high school students from 20 schools over the years of their Fast ForWord participation and shows impressive long-term results on the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) which is administered annually throughout Texas and is closely aligned with the state curricular standards.
Primary school students improve in reading, language arts and mathematics on state tests
Students in years 1 – 8 achieved significant improvements in their Criterion-Referenced Competency Test scores (reading, language arts and mathematics), when compared with students who did not participate in the Fast ForWord program. These students also experienced continued improvements over the following years.
School district improves English Language Arts scores and surpasses state average for students achieving above benchmark
In 2008, for the first time in a decade, this school district exceeded the state average for the percentage of fourth graders reading at or above the Basic level on the initial
Students in South Australia improve auditory processing skills
A group of students aged 11-13 showed significant improvements in auditory processing skills after participating in the Fast ForWord program, with the group moving into the normal range on all measures.
NSW students improve NAPLAN results in every area of the curriculum
On every area of the curriculum assessed by the NAPLAN assessment, the average growth from year 3 to year 5 of all the students who had completed Fast ForWord was greater than the average growth of the students who had not completed the program.
Program reviews from Australian educators
“We followed Sonic Learning’s direction to implement the program well and were very impressed with the results. Next year we are again running the program with 20 students.” – Rachel Burke, Teacher, Kawungan State School, QLD
“We were looking for programs that would support children who we saw as underachieving in the literacy area … we see Fast ForWord as an added advantage to sessional classroom reading … it works for us, and I’ve got no doubt that if it’s implemented in similar ways, it’ll work for all kids.” – Richard Limberick, Principal, Arahoe School
“I had my Fast ForWord students PROBE tested before and after the program – they had all risen two levels.” – Denise Reeves, Special Education Coordinator, Townsville State School, QLD