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The Reading Assistant legacy program has been discontinued. Use Reading Assistant Plus instead. Learn how »

April 18, 2019

Introducing single sign-on support with MySciLEARN!

Many school districts have been moving to single sign-on solutions to manage their online learning applications. To meet this need, we now support single sign-on using ClassLink, a popular single sign-on provider with thousands of apps. Learn more about single sign-on.

April 4, 2019

As of March 31, 2019, the Reading Assistant legacy program has been discontinued and is no longer available. Students can use Reading Assistant Plus instead! Learn about Reading Assistant Plus.

What changes can schools expect?

  • Assignments. Reading Assistant legacy assignments are no longer available. Students who were using the legacy program can use Reading Assistant Plus. Quick steps.
  • Results. Reading Assistant legacy reports and recordings are no longer available.
  • Reading Assistant legacy mobile app on iPad. The legacy iPad mobile app has been discontinued. If it’s been downloaded on an iPad device, remove it. Learn more.
  • Reading Assistant legacy plug-in. If installed, the plug-in will no longer be active. You can remove it from your programs, if needed (it won’t cause any issues to leave it).
  • Student import. Moving forward, only Reading Assistant Plus assignments are accepted during import. If your school or district has an existing CSV file, remove any Reading Assistant legacy fields. More on importing students.

Quick steps to assign Reading Assistant Plus

Use Auto Initial Assignment to quickly assign Reading Assistant Plus to your Reading Assistant legacy students. Students who have already taken an RPI assessment will be immediately placed into a library and can start using the program. Otherwise, the students will take an initial assessment for placement into a library. To learn more about implementing the Reading Assistant Plus program, see MySciLEARN Toolbox.

Feb 7, 2019

Content acceleration added for all new Fast ForWord programs!

With our new and improved content acceleration tool, districts and schools that need local access will be able to accelerate content for all of our current programs: Reading Assistant Plus, all new Fast ForWord programs (Foundations I and Foundations II), and the existing Fast ForWord programs.

To learn more see About content acceleration.

Dec 20, 2018

New Reading Assistant Plus selections available!

We’re excited to add 45+ new Reading Assistant Plus selections, which brings our total to 365 reading titles—one for every day of the year! The new selections include with reading topics that range from nurses and farmers to clown fish and dolphins. Genres include realistic fiction, nonfiction, and fables. Like all Reading Assistant Plus content, the new selections are jam-packed with academic vocabulary, glossary terms, and comprehension questions to activate students’ thinking and reading skills.

  • Early readers. Added 26 new passages in the K-2 reading level range.
  • Upper elementary readers. Added 22 new passages across 3rd - 5th grade reading levels, including one new High/Low novel.

Whenever new content is released, all library assignments are automatically updated, giving students immediate access to the new selections (unless you turned off that feature for a library). Learn more

See the following topics for more about Reading Assistant Plus content:

Oct 4, 2018

Fast ForWord Foundations II now available on iPad!

Just like Foundations I and Reading Assistant Plus, Foundations II supports the Safari browser on iPad. To learn more about how the programs work in Safari, start here:

Sep 27, 2018

New! Introducing Fast ForWord Foundations II

This new and improved replacement for the Language to Reading v2 program includes the following features:

  • New progress indicators within each exercise provide learners with real-time feedback during the Fast ForWord session—from the initial dashboard showing their current status on today’s assignment to new “in-exercise” indicators like the progress feeder meter, completion status sign, and other fun celebrations.
  • Today’s report shows the results from the day’s session, providing learners with an immediate review of today’s scores, as a reward and a motivation to continue working on the exercises.

Three exercises—Paint Match, Polar Planet, and Tomb Trek—also include the following enhancements:

  • Improved exercise introductions that provide learners with multiple levels of coaching and interventions, ensuring they understand the exercise activity and what’s expected.
  • Built-in coaching that helps learners stay motivated and progress more quickly. Learners now have more autonomy in getting themselves “unstuck” and back on track with automated interventions that provide just-in-time support.
  • Increased adaptivity within finely-tuned exercises creates a more personalized experience, enabling learners to fast-track through content they find easy and slow down when the content gets challenging. Greater gains can be achieved when each learner spends more time working in the zone that’s the correct level of difficulty for that learner.

To learn more see the following topics.

This release also includes an updated user guide:

Fast ForWord Offline Resources for English Learners

Foundations II and MySciLEARN

Just like Foundations I, the Foundations II program is part of the Fast ForWord suite of programs. Here’s a quick overview of how it integrates into the MySciLEARN platform:

Improvements

Added support for creating Fast ForWord Foundations I assignments during student import. See Import new students from a file.

Starting with this release, Reading Assistant Plus Auto Initial Assignment will be activated for all new schools and organizations! Now, students enrolled in a new school or organization will be automatically assessed and placed into both the Reading Assistant Plus and Fast ForWord programs. See the following topics to learn how these features work:

Set Reading Assistant Plus school defaults

Reading Assistant Plus Auto Initial Assignment

Sep 6, 2018

Fast ForWord Foundations I now available on iPad!

Just like Reading Assistant Plus, Foundations I supports the Safari browser on iPad. To learn more about how the programs work in Safari, start here:

Aug 9, 2018

Introducing Fast ForWord Foundations I

This new and improved replacement for the Language v2 program includes the following enhancements:

  • Improved exercise introductions that provide learners with multiple levels of coaching and interventions, ensuring they understand the exercise activity and what’s expected.
  • Built-in coaching that helps learners stay motivated and progress more quickly. Learners now have more autonomy in getting themselves “unstuck” and back on track with automated interventions that provide just-in-time support.
  • Explicit instruction on language concepts, grammatical structures, and vocabulary, which are particularly helpful to English language learners, special education students, and younger learners.
  • Increased adaptivity within finely-tuned exercises creates a more personalized experience, enabling learners to fast-track through content they find easy and slow down when the content gets challenging. Greater gains can be achieved when each learner spends more time working in the zone that’s the correct level of difficulty for that learner.
  • New progress indicators that provide students with real-time feedback during their Fast ForWord sessions—from the initial dashboard showing their current status on today’s assignment to new “in-exercise” indicators like the progress feeder meter, completion status sign, and other fun celebrations.

To learn more see the following topics.

This release also includes updated user guides. User guides & manuals

Fast ForWord Offline Resources for English Learners

Fast ForWord Foundations and Literacy Flash Cards

Foundations I and MySciLEARN

The Foundations I program is part of the Fast ForWord suite of programs. Here’s a quick overview of how it integrates into the MySciLEARN platform: