Lamar County Deploys Reading Intervention


3/7/2007—The Lamar County School District in Mississippi has deployed Scientific Learning Corp.'s reading intervention, Fast ForWord. 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.

Following a review of intervention programs in spring 2006, Lamar County has purchased licenses of the product and deployed it for the 2006/2007 school year in all six of the district's middle and high schools. Deployments include Fast ForWord Middle and High School and Fast ForWord to Literacy Advanced editions.

"Our first year results have shown significant improvements in the reading skills and achievement of students in the Fast ForWord program," said Glenn Swan, superintendent of the Lamar County School District, in a prepared statement. "Part of the Lamar District’s mission is to empower all students with the knowledge and skills to create their own futures, and we feel that Fast ForWord will be an essential part of that mission."

Lamar County School District includes 10 schools throughout Lamar County, serving some 7,700 students.

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