SOURCE: Scientific Learning Corporation

August 25, 2005 16:16 ET

Marion County Expands Use of Fast ForWord® to All Schools

Successful Pilot Results Spur Countywide Implementation

OAKLAND, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- August 25, 2005 -- Scientific Learning Corporation (NASDAQ: SCIL) has teamed up with Marion County Schools in West Virginia to bring Scientific Learning's Fast ForWord® family of products to all 22 of the county's schools.

According to standardized test scores, more than 60 percent of third- and fourth-graders at Blackshere Elementary school performed at or above mastery levels in reading after using the Fast ForWord products. These promising results encouraged school officials to green-light the use of the Fast ForWord products across the county, bringing this unique intervention to every school in the district. Educators and students will begin using Fast ForWord immediately.

"We were very pleased with the progress that the Fast ForWord products enabled our students to achieve," said Thomas Deadrick, Assistant Superintendent of Marion County Schools. "Not only were many of these students able to reach or exceed mastery levels in reading after using Fast ForWord, but those who are now in middle school are continuing to have success."

The expansion of the implementation of the Fast ForWord products follows four years of pilot programs at Blackshere, East Park, and Watson elementary schools and Fairmont Senior High School.

The Fast ForWord family is a series of neuroscience-based, reading-intervention products that complement core reading instruction and help develop the cognitive skills necessary for effective reading and learning. The products, based on over 30 years of neuroscience research, have been proven to be an effective reading-intervention strategy that accelerates the learning process and provides a foundation for improving overall student literacy.

"We are excited about the progress made by Marion County students after using the patented Fast ForWord family of products," said Robert C. Bowen, Chairman and CEO of Scientific Learning. "We are looking forward to working closely with the leadership team in Marion County Schools to make 30 years of neuroscience research available to all students in the district, thus enabling students to take full advantage of great teaching as well as the district curriculum."

About Marion County Schools

Marion County Schools in West Virginia encompasses 22 schools and serves approximately 8,200 students. Marion County is located on the Allegheny Plateau in the north-central part of the state.

About Scientific Learning Corporation

Scientific Learning produces the patented Fast ForWord® family of products, a series of computer-delivered reading intervention products that complement core reading instruction. Based on more than 30 years of neuroscience and cognitive research, Fast ForWord products help children, adolescents, and adults build the cognitive skills critical for improving reading and language skills.

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 independent researchers, by evaluating the results of standardized achievement tests, and by Scientific Learning's scientists.

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

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