Canadian District To Expand Fast ForWord Implementation

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2/20/2007—School District 16 in New Brunswick, Canada has adopted Fast ForWord from Scientific Learning Corp. (SLC). Fast Forward is a family of digital learning tools designed to develop "the neurocognitive skills required to read and learn effectively." The district said the program boosted early reading skills dramatically and that it will use Fast ForWord with more students in the future.

A recent study in District 16 showed that one group of students using the Fast ForWord intervention achieved significant improvements compared with a control group that did not. Overall language skills for the test group rose from the 41st percentile to the 81st percentile, according to SLC.

"We were very impressed with the gains that the Fast ForWord products provided our students," said School District 16 Superintendent Kathy Baldwin in a prepared statement. "We are looking forward to using Fast ForWord with more of our student population and to obtaining continued excellent results."

School District 16 in Miramichi, New Brunswick, Canada, operates 21 schools and three alternate sites, serving some 7,000 students.

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