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ERIC Number: ED499240
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Sep
Pages: 12
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 116
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
Fast ForWord[R]. What Works Clearinghouse Intervention Report
What Works Clearinghouse
"Fast ForWord"[R] is a family of computer-based products. According to the developer's web site, the programs help students develop and strengthen the cognitive skills necessary for successful reading and learning. Participants spend 30 to 100 minutes a day, five days a week, for four to 16 weeks with these adaptive exercises. "Fast ForWord[R] Language" builds fundamental cognitive skills of memory, attention, processing, and sequencing in the context of key language and reading skills, including listening accuracy, phonological awareness, and language structures. Programs in the "Fast ForWord[R] to Reading" series provide the next sequence of cognitive skills designed to help students acquire reading skills. Five studies of "Fast ForWord"[R] met the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) evidence standards and one study met WWC evidence standards with reservations. The six studies included 587 Kindergarten through third-grade students in several school districts across the country. Intervention students in the studies used either "Fast ForWord[R] Language," "Fast ForWord[R] to Reading Prep," "Fast ForWord[R] to Reading 1," or "Fast ForWord[R] to Reading 2." The WWC considers the extent of evidence for "Fast ForWord"[R] to be small for alphabetics and comprehension. No studies that met WWC evidence standards with or without reservations addressed fluency or general reading achievement. Based on these six studies, the WWC found positive effects on alphabetics and mixed effects on comprehension. (Contains 15 footnotes.) [The following studies are reviewed in this intervention report: (1) Borman, G. D., & Benson, J. (2006). "Can brain research and computers improve literacy? A randomized field trial of the Fast ForWord[R] Language computer-based training program" (WCER Working Paper No. 2006-5). Madison: University of Wisconsin-Madison, Wisconsin Center for Education Research; (2) Scientific Learning Corporation. (2005a). Improved early reading skills by students in three districts who used Fast ForWord[R] to Reading 1. "MAPS for Learning: Product Reports," 9(1), 1-5; (3) Scientific Learning Corporation. (2005b). Improved reading skills by students in the Lancaster County School District who used Fast ForWord[R] to Reading 2. "MAPS for Learning: Educator Reports," 9(8), 1-4; (4) Scientific Learning Corporation. (2005c). Improved reading skills by students in Seminole County School District who used Fast ForWord[R] Reading 1 and 2. "APS for Learning: Educator Reports," 9(17), 1-6; (5) Scientific Learning Corporation. (2006). Improved reading skills by students who used Fast ForWord[R] to Reading Prep. "MAPS for Learning: Product Reports," 10(1), 1-6; and (6) Overbay, A., & Baenen, N. (2003). "Fast ForWord[R] evaluation, 2002-03" (Eye on Evaluation, E&R Report No. 03.24). Raleigh, NC: Wake County Public School System.]
What Works Clearinghouse. PO Box 2393, Princeton, NJ 08543-2393. Tel: 866-503-6114; e-mail: info@whatworks.ed.gov; Web site: http://www.whatworks.ed.gov/
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education; Kindergarten; Primary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: What Works Clearinghouse (ED)