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Fast ForWord®
Adolescent Literacy

Fast ForWord® was found to have no discernible effects on the alphabetics and general literacy achievement domains, and potentially positive effects on the reading fluency and comprehension domains for adolescent learners.

Fast ForWord® is a computer-based reading program intended to help students develop and strengthen the cognitive skills necessary for successful reading and learning. The program, which is designed to be used 30 to 100 minutes a day, five days a week, for 4 to 16 weeks, includes two components.

Findings

8
studies that met standards out of
29
eligible studies reviewed
Outcome Domain Effectiveness Rating Grades Improvement Index
Alphabetics No discernible effects K-10 --
Comprehension Potentially positive effects 4-10
 
 
8
Literacy achievement No discernible effects K-10 --
Reading fluency Potentially positive effects 7-10
 
 
17

Last Updated: August 2010

Race

Asian
3%
Black
40%
Native American
1%
White
53%
Not specified
1%

Ethnicity

Hispanic
24%
Not Hispanic
75%

Gender

Male: 55%
Female: 44%

Free & Reduced-Price Lunch

51%

English Learners

English Learners icon
5%

Delivery Method

whole class icon
Individual
Small Group

Urbanicity

Suburban
Urban

Locations

PA, IN, OH, MD, NC, VA
Midwest, Northeast, South


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