Fast ForWord is the top-rated intervention for English language development on What Works Clearinghouse. Students can make up to 2 years’ gain in 3 months in reading and language skills.
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.
The What Works Clearinghouse, an initiative of the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences (IES), was created in 2002 to be a central and trusted source of scientific evidence for what works in education. The What Works Clearinghouse does not endorse specific educational programs, products, practices, or policies; rather, they review the research literature on these approaches, looking for evidence of effectiveness. For their Intervention Reports, the What Works Clearinghouse compiles a broad base of research reports, narrows that list down to high-quality studies that meet their criteria, and then summarizes those studies in terms of the study designs and findings. ELL Review Criteria: Which programs for elementary or middle school English language learners increase English language (speaking, listening, reading, or writing in English) or academic outcomes (reading, math, science, social studies)? Studies published since 1983. Target population: K-8, students within the US.