July 31, 2008
Utah State Board of Education Approves Scientific Learning Fast ForWord and Reading Assistant Products for Adoption
Scientific Learning Corp. (NASDAQ:SCIL) today announced that the Utah State Board of Education has selected the Fast ForWord(R) and Reading Assistant(TM) family of products as an approved Elementary Language Arts program for Utah schools and districts. The products included in the adoption are: Fast ForWord Language, Fast ForWord Language to Reading, Fast ForWord Reading Prep, Fast ForWord Reading 1-5, and Reading Assistant with Curriculum Levels 1-5.
The Fast ForWord and Reading Assistant family of products was approved as a language arts solution for kindergarten through fifth grade. The adoption went into effect July 1, 2008 for a period of five years. Utah's 40 school districts and 508 elementary schools can purchase the Fast ForWord software and Reading Assistant software with funds designated for state instructional materials.
"The purpose of the state adoption is to provide Utah schools with the best available instructional materials," said Robert C. Bowen, chairman and CEO of Scientific Learning. "The Scientific Learning family of products is based on more than 30 years of scientific research into how the brain learns. Our reading products increase processing efficiency and build critical reading and language skills, so districts get the most from their existing instructional approach. We're excited to provide Utah districts and schools with proven reading intervention solutions that help students achieve lasting gains."
About Scientific Learning Corp.
Scientific Learning creates educational software that accelerates learning by improving the processing efficiency of the brain. Based on more than 30 years of neuroscience and cognitive research, the Fast ForWord(R) family of products provides struggling readers with computer-delivered exercises that build the cognitive skills required to read and learn effectively. Scientific Learning Reading Assistant(TM) combines advanced speech recognition technology with scientifically-based courseware to help students strengthen fluency, vocabulary and comprehension to become proficient, life-long readers. The efficacy of the products has been established by more than 550 research studies and publications. For more information, visit www.scientificlearning.com or call toll-free 888-452-7323.