Research and Evidence

More than 250 studies involving over 100,000 students in 1,000 schools.

Some studies used experimental designs, including the use of random assignment, while others have been case studies. Some of the studies had a short timeline and have shown that students start reaping the benefits within a few weeks while others have been longitudinal and show that the benefits endure over years.

Several studies have been published in major peer-reviewed journals such as Science and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences while others have been evaluated by the doctoral dissertation committees of students working towards their doctoral degrees.

Some of these schools use the products with students in a specific grade while others target English language learners, students receiving services for Special Education, students who did not score at the proficient level on their high stakes test, or students who are not succeeding in a typical school environment.

These studies demonstrate the effectiveness of the Fast ForWord products, which incorporate brain fitness exercises to improve reading skills, and the Reading Assistant software which targets fluency. They show the impact of the products on diverse populations and in a variety of settings.

The results demonstrate that ForWord prepares the brain for learning English by improving the language and cognitive skills that are often weak in struggling students (MAPS — memory, attention, processing speed, and sequencing). When these building blocks for English language are in place, students start to make significant learning gains, and are able to catch up with their peers.

Research Examples


University Studies on Foundational Research

Fast ForWord programs are the only reading intervention that has been substantiated by research at Rutgers, Stanford, Harvard, MIT, Cornell, etc.

Following training with the Fast ForWord products, the cortical activation in children with dyslexia (bottom) became more similar to the activation of typically-developing children.


Departments of Education Name Fast ForWord Top Intervention

Fast ForWord meets all needs for all grades versus competitors such as Achieve 3000, Lexia and Reading Recovery.

Nevada State concludes that the Fast ForWord products increased student reading achievement by an average of 22.2 percentage points. This was the greatest increase of all the programs reviewed, and qualified Fast ForWord as a “High-Gain Program.”

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US Government Review in Whats Works Clearinghouse

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.

Full Research Listing

School / Learning Interventions / English Language Learning etc.