SOURCE: Scientific Learning Corporation

November 15, 2005 08:00 ET

Mass. District Targets Struggling Readers, Non-Native English Speakers for Improvement With Fast ForWord®

District-Wide Implementation Encompasses All 13 Elementary Schools

OAKLAND, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- November 15, 2005 -- The Lawrence (Mass.) Public School District has partnered with Scientific Learning Corp. (NASDAQ: SCIL) to bring the company's line of Fast ForWord® products to elementary-school students who are struggling with reading and language difficulties.

Lawrence Superintendent Wilfredo T. Laboy is planning an ambitious effort in which the bottom-quartile scoring students in each elementary school will use the Fast ForWord family of products to help develop and strengthen the cognitive skills of memory, attention, processing and sequencing to build a solid foundation for improving reading ability. The district plans to use the Fast ForWord products in each of the district's 13 elementary schools.

According to Superintendent Laboy, the Fast ForWord products will assist three groups of students in his district: special-needs students, students struggling with reading and learning, and non-native English speakers, also known as English-language learners (ELL). Approximately 19% of the students in the Lawrence Public School District are ELL and lack the English skills for effective reading and language achievement.

"We want to assist children in our special-needs program, students who are having auditory processing problems, and English-language learners," said Laboy. "We spent a lot of time evaluating Fast ForWord with research, observation, and outcomes, and we believe it will be a valuable tool in our literacy programs. I look forward to our relationship with Scientific Learning and believe it will be a very fruitful and rewarding one."

The Fast ForWord family of products develops critical thinking, listening, and reading skills with exercises that create fast, effective, and enduring results. Based on over 30 years of brain, reading, and language research, Scientific Learning's interactive, adaptive products use patented technology to target the language and reading skills widely recognized as the keys to all learning.

"We applaud Superintendent Laboy for his drive to serve all the struggling readers in his district, as well as to assist students who may be held back by their limited English skills," said Robert C. Bowen, Chairman and CEO of Scientific Learning. "Our Fast ForWord family of products, which is based on the latest neuroscience research and has a proven track record of success, will be a valuable element in the district's literacy initiative."

The products selected by Laboy include the award-winning Fast ForWord to Reading series, Fast ForWord Language, Fast ForWord Language to Reading, and Fast ForWord Language Basics.

About Scientific Learning Corporation

Scientific Learning produces the patented Fast ForWord® family of products, a series of computer-delivered reading intervention products that complement 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 toll-free 888-452-7323.

This press release contains projections and other forward-looking statements that are subject to the safe harbor created by the federal securities laws. Such statements include, among others, statements relating to implementations of the Company's products and results that may be achieved through the use of the products. Such statements are subject to substantial risks and uncertainties. Actual events or results may differ materially as a result of many factors, including but not limited to: external and internal conditions affecting school districts; how the products are administered; the demography of participants; and other risks detailed in the Company's SEC reports, including but not limited to the 2004 Report on Form 10-K (Part 1. Item 1. Business), filed April 15, 2005, as amended by the Form 10-K/A filed May 26, 2005 and the Report on Form 10-Q filed August 15, 2005 (Part1, Item 2. Management's Discussion and Analysis).

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