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One of every three students
lacks basic reading skills

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These students are stuck
and cannot make progress

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The clock is ticking

We need to help
these students NOW.

Despite many millions of dollars spent on reading instruction and intervention, two-thirds of U.S. students still lack proficiency and at least one-half of these students lack adequate basic word recognition skills. This is a national crisis with lifelong implications

NAEP research shows, of every three students, two are likely not proficient in reading and at least one of them lacks basic reading skills.

The Foundations Learning System (FLS) is a solution that applies recent advances in learning science to address this crisis. FLS is built to help all students develop essential foundational reading skills –
whether they are just beginning to develop the skills, or they are learners who have gaps in their reading profiles. We can quickly identify, diagnose and help developing and struggling readers get their academic careers on track.

Who are the students who can benefit from the Foundations Learning System?

  • Developing readers in 2nd and 3rd grade who must develop automatic word recognition skills
  • Older students who have gaps in their reading profiles and exhibit all or some of the following characteristics
    • Struggle with comprehension and fluency
    • Read slowly, with great effort and difficulty
    • Struggle with decoding
    • Are unable to easily identify and distinguish vowels
    • Do not understand how syllables work or have difficulty breaking words into syllables
    • Cannot quickly and automatically apply the rules of phonics to new words or to connected text
  • English Language Learners

What is the Foundations Learning System?

The Foundations Learning System is an assessment/instruction solution designed to help students develop automatic word recognition, essential to reading fluency and comprehension. The Foundations System is designed for students in grades 2 and above and has been proven effective for developing readers, persistently struggling readers, English language learners, students who learn differently and special needs students.



Determine which students are likely to have deficits in automatic word recognition with our brief online screener.

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Identify each student’s specific profile of basic reading skills – including detailed decoding skills and the first and only operationalized and validated measurement of automatic word recognition.


Provide integrated reading instruction and interim assessment, personalized for each student.  Monitor progress with the teacher dashboard. Students typically complete the curriculum in six to nine months.

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Applying Learning Science to Reading Instruction

The Foundations Learning System applies recent advances in learning science – proven effective in other disciplines – to address this crisis. We can quickly identify and help struggling and developing readers develop the skills to get their academic careers on track. The application of the learning framework known as the “Varied Practice Model” to the area of reading is especially relevant to the millions of students who struggle despite current approaches that are well meaning yet ineffective. Just as this learning model enhances automatic skill development in many other domains (eg, sports, music, language, math, perception), it has now been applied to the development of automatic word recognition skills, an essential precursor of fluency and reading comprehension.

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Our system is the best way to build foundational literacy skills. Our approach is:

  • Integrated: Moves seamlessly between diagnosis, instruction and interim assessment.
  • Differentiated: Addresses the varied needs of developing and struggling readers in the context of the regular classroom.
  • Personalized: Tailors literacy instruction to individual student profiles, while giving students the opportunity to work at their own pace and learn how to generalize across structure and content.
  • Digital: Builds core skills via an engaging online platform accessible across devices.
  • Research-based: Leverages more than 30 years of research and development.
  • Evidence-based: Integrates evidence-based learning theory to drive results.
  • Validated: Proven to help developing and struggling readers make significant gains..

Here’s what teachers are saying about the impact on student performance:

What Educators Say

Dr. Donna Ryan – Superintendent, Clinch County Schools

An assessment that assists teachers in early, accurate diagnosis of their students’ reading challenges is particularly necessary given the difficulties too many face while developing foundational reading skills.

Dr. Donna Ryan - Superintendent, Clinch County Schools

Marsha Allen – Santa Fe, NM

Students with severe reading difficulties were reading. The most wonderful blessings were watching them succeed for the first time and feel like true readers.

Marsha Allen - Santa Fe, NM

Jill Powell – Sioux Falls, SD

(Access Code) has helped with confidence, oral reading, fluency and decoding skills. My goal is that they feel more empowered to become lifelong readers, even if aspects of it are hard.

Jill Powell - Sioux Falls, SD

Foundations in Learning can help you reach many types of struggling readers

Students at Risk for Language & Literacy Development
Students at Risk for Language & Literacy Development

English Language Learners
English Language Learners

Special Needs Students
Special Needs Students

Students Who Learn Differently
Developing Readers