By Terry Dean
The district will expand its FastForWord program to all 10 schools beginning this fall. The computer-based intervention program for academically struggling students was piloted at six D97 schools this spring. Roughly 300 students used the program and showed improvement in their reading and math levels, according to data taken from an assessment done by students after using the program.
A full roll-out was the initial plan of Supt. Albert Roberts when he recommended the program last fall. D97 school board members, however, wanted a more gradual introduction.
That resulted in the program being implemented at six schools — Whittier, Holmes, Mann, Hatch, Brooks and Julian. Teachers at Beye, Lincoln, Irving and Longfellow will be trained this summer on how to use the program.