Fast ForWord is one of the only educational software programs where the neuroscience research by its creators (Scientific Learning Corporation) has been and continues to be published in peer reviewed journals.
What Works Clearinghouse
Studies on Fast ForWord software have been positively reviewed by the What Works Clearinghouse, established in 2002 by the United States Department of Education as a central and trusted peer-reviewed source of scientific evidence for what works in education (http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/). The Clearinghouse only reviews high-quality studies and has reviewed several studies on the impact of the Fast ForWord products in a variety of topic areas, including Beginning Readers, English Language Learners, and Adolescent Literacy.
What Works Clearinghouse. (2013, March). Beginning Reading intervention report: Fast ForWord. U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences.
What Works Clearinghouse. (2010, August). Adolescent Literacy intervention report: Fast ForWord. U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences.
What Works Clearinghouse. (2006, September). English Language Learners intervention report: Fast ForWord Language. U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences.
The National Centre on Intensive Interventions
The National Centre on Intensive Interventions (NCII) is housed at the American Institutes for Research, and works in conjunction with many of USA’s most distinguished data-based individualisation (DBI) experts. It is funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) and is part of OSEP’s Technical Assistance and Dissemination Network (TA&D).
National Centre on Intensive Intervention. (2013). NCII reviews three studies on the Fast ForWord Language Series with medium to large effect size. WHICH LINK? – http://www.intensiveintervention.org/chart/instructional-intervention-tools
The National Centre on Response to Intervention. (2011). NCRTI Reviews the Fast ForWord Language Series.
Nevada Department of Education
Nevada Department of Education and The Leadership and Learning Centre. Fast ForWord is a “High-Gain Program”. The Nevada Department of Education and The Leadership and Learning Centre (March, 2010).
Florida Centre for Reading Research
The Florida Center for Reading Research – Review of Scientific Learning Reading Assistant.
Other Independent Educational Organisations
A number of other highly respected, independent educational organisations have reviewed the Fast ForWord and Reading Assistant programs and found them effective in raising literacy outcomes.
Bulloch County Schools, Statesboro, Georgia. Improved Academic Achievement: Fast ForWord and the Bulloch County Schools Pilot, an Independent Study. Woodrum, J, Ed.D. (2012).
The Schultz Center for Teaching & Leadership – Fast ForWord Longitudinal Impact Study (2008)
Independent Academic Studies
Scientists have put the Fast ForWord program to the test in carefully-designed outcomes studies, often published in peer review journals. Here are some of those Studies.