One of the most important considerations when selecting an educational program is whether the program offers lasting results to the students who participate in it. With this in mind, scientists set out to perform longitudinal studies to confirm not only whether the Fast ForWord programme shows the capacity to develop the cognitive skills necessary for academic success but also whether the benefits are retained over time. Their findings were nothing short of remarkable. The results show that students not only retain their improved performance but that they continue to make improvements after the training has been completed.
Fast ForWord participants show improved performance on the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) test
This study involving 500 high school students from 20 different schools showed that students who participated in the Fast ForWord program achieved impressive results in their TAKS tests and that these results continue to improve for up to 3 years following training.
Fast ForWord participants reading achievement continues to improve for up to 18 months following training
In this study, Secondary students showed significant improvements in reading achievement. Students improved from the 13th percentile to the 22nd immediately following their training and continued to improve after training, extending their gains to the 39th percentile.
Fast ForWord participants show significant improvements in their Criterion-Referenced Competency Test scores
Primary school students in years 1 8 improved in this measure of reading. language arts and mathematics performance. The results show that students who participated in the program scored significantly higher compared to students who did not participate in the program. These students also experienced continued improvements in the years following training.
A school district-wide implementation of Fast ForWord improved student performance on state testing
This study included almost 10 000 students and spans a 9 year period. It showed that following implementation of the Fast ForWord program, the school district improved from having 58% of students achieve above-benchmark to having 73% of students achieve above benchmark on state testing. They also found that the number of students requiring special education services decreased by 17% over a 5 year period.
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