SOURCE: Scientific Learning Corporation

October 06, 2006 08:45 ET

Longitudinal Research Demonstrates That Fast ForWord® Products Produce Enduring Neurological Changes

Students' Gains in Reading Achievement Were Sustained After Fast ForWord Use Was Ended

OAKLAND, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- October 6, 2006 -- Two longitudinal studies of Idaho students using Scientific Learning Corporation's (NASDAQ: SCIL) Fast ForWord® software intervention found that the students not only made significant and dramatic gains in reading achievement and learning, but also continued to improve their skills more than a year later.

Students in the Pocatello/Chubbuck School District 25 in Pocatello, ID, participating in the first study improved from the 13th percentile in reading to the 22nd immediately following use of the Fast ForWord products for approximately eight weeks. Even more significantly, they continued to improve thereafter, extending their original gains to the 39th percentile 18 months later -- even though no other Fast ForWord products were used. This demonstrates that the neurological changes produced by Fast ForWord software not only quickly produce additional learning capacity, allowing struggling learners to take advantage of their classroom instruction, but continue to provide long-term benefits.

In the second study, students improved from just 19 percent achieving a basic reading level to 61 percent reaching that level or better. One year later, that impressive gain held nearly steady at 59 percent with no additional Fast ForWord software being used, again verifying that the unique Fast ForWord intervention produces changes that are sustained over time.

"These are extremely exciting results," said Robert C. Bowen, Chairman and CEO of Scientific Learning. "It's clear that the Fast ForWord learning intervention strengthened the students' foundational cognitive skills, allowing them to increase their literacy scores immediately after Fast ForWord intervention. This allows the students to better benefit from classroom instruction and continue their academic progress."

Study Protocols

In the first study, 7th through 12th-grade students used the Fast ForWord products during the summer prior to the 2003-2004 school year. Students used the products for 90 minutes a day, five days per week for 4 to 12 weeks. In the second study, students used the products during the 2003-2004 school year.

Both groups of students were followed longitudinally through the 2004-2005 school year, and had their reading skills evaluated with the Idaho Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) in the fall and spring of each school year.

About the Pocatello/Chubbuck School District

The Pocatello/Chubbuck School District 25 is a grade K through 12 urban district with 23 schools serving nearly 12,000 students in southeastern Idaho.

About Scientific Learning Corporation

Scientific Learning produces the patented Fast ForWord® family of products, a series of computer-delivered intervention products that build learning capacity by developing the neurocognitive skills required to read and learn effectively. These foundational skills are built through a series of brain-based exercises that create fast, effective, and enduring results. Based on more than 30 years of neuroscience and cognitive research, the Fast ForWord products use patented technology and applications of validated neuroscience principles to help children, adolescents, and adults build the language and reading skills widely recognized as the keys to all learning.

The exercises align with the scientifically based reading-research guidelines and the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act. The efficacy of the products has been confirmed by more than 200 independent research studies.

For more information about Scientific Learning and its products, visit our Web sites at and, or call toll-free 888-452-7323.

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