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District rolls out ‘neuroplasticity’ language development programs

By Laura Devaney
March 6th, 2015

Implementation targets language, literacy, reading skills

language-developmentAlachua County Public Schools, a district serving 27,000 students in North Central Florida, has partnered with Scientific Learning Corp. to help students improve their language, literacy and reading skills by addressing the underlying foundational difficulties that keep students from making progress in school.

Initially, the district will deploy Fast ForWord and Reading Assistant online programs in 10 schools.

“Students’ development and mastery of language is critical to their success in school. One of the major factors contributing to underachievement is not having a mastery of language, which not only affects students’ reading and writing performance but their performance in other areas as well,” said Superintendent of Schools Owen A. Roberts, Ph.D.

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