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The Reading Assistant legacy program will be discontinued in early 2019. We strongly advise switching to Reading Assistant Plus now. Learn how »

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 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:

May 17, 2018

Reading Assistant Plus now has all the same features as Reading Assistant! See the following topics for details.

Now that Auto Initial Assignment places students into Reading Assistant Plus, it no longer supports the Reading Assistant legacy program. If you’re using Reading Assistant, switch before the new school year starts. Learn how »

Several Reading Assistant Plus assignment settings have also been updated to support this release. These changes affect new assignments only, and include assignments created by Auto Initial Assignment, student import, and manual assignment.

  • Schedule. The default schedule for new assignments has changed from 20 minutes to 30 minutes.
  • Content progression. The default progression method for new assignments has changed from locked to student selected.
  • Intervention Wait Time. The default intervention wait time for new assignments has changed from the second setting to the first setting (now less strict).

May 3, 2018

Added Fast ForWord headphones requirements to system requirements.

Mar 15, 2018

Reading Assistant Plus now requires Microsoft Edge 41 or later. Update Microsoft Edge for your Reading Assistant Plus students, or use another supported browser.

Mar 1, 2018

Added student names to the Scheduled Emails screen on the Results page to help you quickly identify the subject of the report being sent.

Feb 15, 2018

Expanded the Reading Assistant Plus content list to include all selections in the program, both new and original.

Feb 1, 2018

An all new set of Fast ForWord vocabulary flash cards is ready for downloading and printing! Currently available for Robo-Dog in Language v2 and Star Pics in Literacy. Use the flash cards to help students build sight word recognition and reading comprehension as they work on the exercises. For these and other offline resources see User guides & manuals.

Fast ForWord Language and Literacy Flash Cards

Added Reading Assistant Plus content list, which provides a list of new selections added to the program.

Dec 21, 2017

New content is here! Reading Assistant Plus now has 50+ new selections available, ranging from topics on dinosaurs and climate change to pet shows and talent shows. Like all Reading Assistant content, the new selections are jam-packed with academic vocabulary, glossary terms, and comprehension questions to activate thinking and reading skills as students read.

  • Early readers. Added 5 new passages in the K-2 reading level range.
  • Upper elementary readers. Added nearly 40 new passages across 3rd through 5th grade reading levels, including three chapter books. Genres cover realistic fiction, nonfiction, and sci-fi.
  • Middle/high school and gifted/talented readers. Added 10 new nonfiction passages for advanced readers! Topics cover climate change around the world.

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: