TEST SCORES DRIVE INCREASED DEMAND FOR WYNN SOFTWARE IN NEW MEXICO
Cruces, New Mexico
to Increase Technology Support for Struggling Students
Palo Alto, CA –
November 2, 2005 -- The Learning Systems Group of Freedom Scientific,
Inc., developer of assistive software designed for people who struggle
to read, write or take tests, announced today that the Las Cruces,
New Mexico School Administration has expanded its investment in
Learning Systems Group technology. With this new order, students
in Las Cruces can now access 189 software licenses that will be
shared among 16 schools, potentially serving thousands of students.
This new deal includes both WYNN™ and TestTalker™ products.
The challenge to achieve
academically is greater in New Mexico than many areas of the country.
The School Administration and teachers are servicing a low-income
student body, 50% of which are either learning disabled or considered
“at risk.” Several students in Las Cruces have been
using WYNN for three years. After seeing significant improvement
in those students’ test scores, as compared to students not
using the technology, New Mexico purchased additional WYNN licenses
and TestTalker software in an effort to bring the benefit of the
technology to more of the state’s students.
“We quickly saw
that using WYNN was a cost effective way to ensure that all of our
students have the opportunity to achieve,” said Dee Ann Powers,
Software Trainer, School Administration, Las Cruces, New Mexico.
“WYNN allows the teachers to get students interested in learning
and build important self esteem by experiencing academic success,
and supports the state in their effort to reach the assessment mandates
of federal legislation.”
WYNN converts printed
text into spoken word for individuals with reading and writing difficulties
that may occur for a variety of reasons including learning disabilities
such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, ADD, ADHD or for those learning English
as a second language (ELL). While WYNN’s features support
all learning styles, the design is based upon Universal Design for
Learning (UDL) concepts and can be used with any curriculum.
TestTalker creates a
computer version of a test, worksheet, or other form. The material
looks exactly like the paper rendition and is then converted into
the spoken word. For those who struggle to read and write, hearing
questions being read out loud, while simultaneously having them
highlighted on the page helps to increase accuracy of answers and
at Las Cruces is one more demonstration that students are improving
comprehension, writing and test scores while using WYNN and TestTalker,”
said Roberta Brosnahan, Vice President & General Manager, Learning
Systems Group, Freedom Scientific, Inc. “Once teachers see
that getting the technology up and running is painless and immediate,
the academic results follow quickly. With the need for training
minimized, and the movement of struggling students supported by
WYNN and TestTalker back into mainstream classrooms, our customers
frequently come back to us for more software to reach the ever-growing
population of at risk and struggling students they must serve.”
About the Learning Systems
Group, Freedom Scientific, Inc.
The Learning Systems
Group, headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, was founded in 2000 by a
team of education and assistive technology experts to address the
needs of students with reading-related learning challenges. The
group’s award-winning products, WYNN and TestTalker, are best
known as the “teacher’s choice” among competitors
and are currently sold in all 50 United States, Canada, U.K., Puerto
Rico, Mexico and Australia. Freedom Scientific, Inc. is the world's
leading manufacturer of assistive technology products for those
who are blind and vision impaired, and products for the special
education and learning disability markets.
For more information
about WYNN, TestTalker or the Learning Systems Group of Freedom
Scientific, please visit www.freedomscientific.com/lsg or call (888)
and TestTalker are trademarks of Freedom Scientific, Inc.