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Phoenix Union HSD Expands Fast ForWord Implementation

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12.13.2006—Scientific Learning Corp. (SLC), Oakland, Calif., says use of its Fast ForWord literacy products has been expanded in the Phoenix Union High School District (PUHSD) in Phoenix, Ariz. Fast ForWord is a family of digital learning tools designed to develop "the neurocognitive skills required to read and learn effectively." It's targeted toward students who are characterized as "struggling learners."

FastForward had been implemented in one high school in PUHSD last year. The one-year research project, according to SLC, "demonstrated encouraging results in reading achievement for English language learners and special-education reading students." As a result, Fast ForWord will be expanded to eight additional schools.

"Eliminating the achievement gap in schools impacted by poverty and language barriers is one of our top priorities," said Arthur Lebowitz, assistant superintendent of instruction for PUHSD, in a prepared statement. "We believe the Fast ForWord products can help us achieve this goal. We expect this intensive, research-based initiative coupled with focused tutoring and committed administrators, teachers and support staff will enable us to meet our overriding goal of high achievement for all students."

The Phoenix Union High School District in Arizona serves more than 24,000 students who speak some 50 languages. It includes 10 comprehensive high schools and five smaller schools.

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