Fast ForWord research for gifted and talented students

Gifted and talented study summary

Following participation in the Fast ForWord computer learning program, gifted and talented students made significant gains in phonological awareness and decoding skills.

Students from North Carolina and Tennessee classified as “gifted and talented” significantly improved their phonological awareness and decoding skills.

Gifted and talented online program Fast ForWord research

Methodology and measures

Participants comprised elementary students classified as “gifted and talented” from schools in North Carolina and Tennessee, USA. Students were tested with the Woodcock Diagnostic Reading Battery before and after using the Fast ForWord use computer learning program.

Woodcock Diagnostic Reading Battery: The WDRB is designed to assess the abilities and achievements of individuals in the areas of basic reading, reading comprehension, phonological awareness, oral language comprehension and reading aptitude.


Scientific Learning Corporation (1999) Improved Reading Skills and Academic Achievement by Gifted and Talented Students who used Fast ForWord Products; MAPS for Learning: Educator Reports 11(11): 1-4.

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More research on Fast ForWord for Gifted and Talented students can be found on the Scientific Learning website.

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