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5 – 6

Fast ForWord — Elementary, Whole Class

Essa Rating
No. Studies
No. Students
Average Effect Size

Program Description

Fast ForWord is computer software used as a supplement to ordinary teaching. It allows students to go at their own pace, and rewards students based on completion of content. The program makes extensive use of graphics to clarify concepts and motivate students.

Program Outcomes

One qualifying study, in rural Tennessee, evaluated Fast ForWord. On state Terra Nova tests, compared to controls, students in grades 5-6 using Fast ForWord scored higher than controls, with an effect size of +0.25. This qualifies Fast ForWord for the ESSA “Promising” category.

Staffing Requirements

Additional staff my be helpful.

Professional Development/Training



Students require up-to-date devices.