Oakland, Calif. — Dec. 2, 2009 — The School District of the City of Royal Oak in Royal Oak, Kearsley Community Schools in Flint, and Lake Orion Community Schools in Lake Orion, Mich. have implemented the Fast ForWord® family of products to help students build and strengthen the cognitive skills required to read and learn effectively. Developed by Scientific Learning (NASDAQ:SCIL), the Fast ForWord educational software accelerates learning by developing the student brain to process more efficiently.
Both the School District of the City of Royal Oak and Kearsley Community Schools piloted the Fast ForWord reading intervention software during the 2008-2009 school year. Lake Orion Community Schools is rolling out the software for the first time this fall.
In the School District of the City of Royal Oak, students at Oakland Elementary began working on the Fast ForWord software in spring 2008. From fall 2007 to fall 2008, the percentage of Oakland Elementary students scoring at the proficient level or above in English language arts on the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) increased. This fall, the urban district expanded the Fast ForWord program to all six elementary schools to deliver targeted instruction to students scoring in the lowest 5 percent to 7 percent on the MEAP, and to students identified as needing additional support through the district’s Response to Intervention (RtI) program. In addition, Upton Elementary, an English as a Second Language (ESL) magnet school, is using the Fast ForWord program to support English language learners.
“At Oakland Elementary, where MEAP scores had traditionally been low, students’ reading scores skyrocketed,” said Carol M. Hansen, executive director for student services. “Our speech and language teachers highly endorse the Fast ForWord program. They believe this is a key intervention, especially with students who have speech or language issues. It helps us zero in on students’ individual needs and give them the boost they need to be successful in the classroom. We’re very satisfied with the Fast ForWord program.”
In 2008-09, Kearsley Community Schools piloted the Fast ForWord program in three elementary schools on five computers at each school, and in one middle school. This fall, the suburban district expanded its implementation within each school to deliver individualized interventions for struggling readers in grades two through eight.
Lake Orion Community Schools is installing the Fast ForWord program in seven elementary schools, three middle schools and one high school to provide targeted instruction for struggling learners and students who receive special education services. The suburban district will also integrate the software into its RtI model to provide individualized interventions for Tier 2 and Tier 3 students.
The School District of the City of Royal Oak and Kearsley Community Schools purchased the Fast ForWord software in the second quarter 2009. Lake Orion Community Schools purchased the software in the third quarter 2009.
About Scientific Learning Corp.
Scientific Learning creates educational software that accelerates learning by improving the processing efficiency of the brain. Based on more than 30 years of neuroscience and cognitive research, the Fast ForWord® family of products provides struggling readers with computer-delivered exercises that build the cognitive skills required to read and learn effectively. Scientific Learning Reading Assistant™ combines advanced speech recognition technology with scientifically-based courseware to help students strengthen fluency, vocabulary and comprehension to become proficient, life-long readers. The efficacy of the products has been established by more than 550 research studies and publications. For more information, visit www.scientificlearning.com or call toll-free 888-358-0212.
This press release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to the safe harbor created by the federal securities laws. Such statements include, among others, statements relating to the school districts’ future implementation and use of the software. Such statements are subject to substantial risks and uncertainties. Actual events or results may differ materially as a result of many factors, including but not limited to: the resources available to and other factors impacting the school district, the manner in which the district implements the software, and other risks detailed in Scientific Learning’s SEC reports, including but not limited to the Report on Form10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2009 (Part II, Item 1A, Risk Factors), filed November 6, 2009.
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