Arizona

I have taught for a long time and the Essential Skills programs are the best that I have ever seen. The Marks Manager saves a lot of administrative time and I particularly love the way that that programs pick up right where the kids have left off.

Janice Hoffman, Special Education
Stevenson Elementary School, Douglas, Arizona

We love the programs from Essential Skills. I use the programs as a reward for my students if they get all their work done.

Jody Pirtle, Resource Teacher
Faras Elementary, Pirtleville, Arizona

I have been very pleased with the purchases of Essential Skills Software. I appreciate the fact that my students can work independently. Your programs offer practice with the skills that they need. We use Super Phonics and Sight Words every day. The thorough and systematic presentation and practice of the required skills ties in perfectly with the skills required in our DIBELS testing.

Julie Efros, Grade One Teacher
Beaver Creek Elementary, Rimrock, Arizona

We have nine Essential Skills programs that we use with Kindergarten through Grade Five on a daily basis. These programs are great for supplementing and reinforcing the classroom curriculum. They certainly do teach the essential skills. It is easy for the teachers to manage and easy for the children to use. We've really enjoy the software.

Carolyn Reeder, Assistant Principal
Territorial Elementary, Chino Valley, Arizona

We use Essential Skills programs to develop academic skills. We use them for grades one through four. As far as academics go I like everything about them. The teachers really like the printouts. It was an easy program to understand.

Sara Ihmels, Computer Coordinator
Mt. Tipton School, Dolan Springs, Arizona

We love the Phonemic Awareness program from Essential Skills. It is a wonderful program. It has been a great supplement to our reading program. We use it from Kindergarten through our third grade. It is easy for the children to follow and use independently at their own level. The skills in this program correlate very well with the DIBELS testing and with our state standards.

Janice Simmons, Reading Coach
Saguaro Elementary, Casa Grande, Arizona

I like the software very much. The Marks Manager is very easy to use and interpret. The children love using this software to build their skills. These programs correlate well with the state standards and provide excellent drill and practice for the basic skills.

Cheryl Smith, Special Education Teacher
Havasupai Elementary School, Supai, Arizona

We use Sight Words and Reading Comprehension daily. It is very beneficial to our struggling students and regular students. It is also great for completing IEP objectives. The students enjoy the software very much. We feel that the skills are just what the students need to build their literacy. Also, the programs correlate well with the local and state standards. This software is extremely cost effective.

Mrs. Callaghan, Resource Teacher
Most Holy Trinity School, Phoenix, Arizona

We use Super Phonics, Spelling Stumpers and Fun With Spelling on a daily basis with our Kindergarten through grade six students. These programs offer a good variety of instructional methods for different learning styles and a very comprehensive set of skills. They are very well organized and well balanced in the presentation and reinforcement of literacy skills. The children can hardly wait to get to these programs and once they start they want to finish. It really keeps them involved. I think every classroom should have these programs.

Shirley Johnson, Title I Teacher
San Xavier Mission School, Tuscon, Arizona

We use Readiness Skills, Phonemic Awareness, Super Phonics and High-Low Readers regularly with our K-2 students. I like the programs because they are not too gamey and they have a clear skill focus that guarantees the children learn the skills presented. The programs are a valuable and essential component of our school response to intervention.

Donna Stokes, Title I Reading Specialist
Tonalea Elementary, Scottsdale, Arizona

Essential Skills programs are very affordable. The students enjoy working on them and the phonics software fits in well with our curriculum. The programs are used by 200 students daily at our school. We have several site licenses and feel that they are an excellent value. I love the sequencing of skills and the variety of activities for the children to work on. The ability to place students at their own instructional level and have them work independently is great. Our students are definitely making gains using Essential Skills.

Barbara Vinyard, Title I Teacher
Walter Douglas School, Tucson, Arizona

The Sight Words programs from Essential Skills definitely have improved my children's reading and recognition of sight words as well as their spelling. These programs teach the important sight vocabulary in a variety of ways and are appropriate for all my students including autistic, ADHD and LD. Thank you very much! I appreciate these fabulous programs. You're doing a great job!

Mary Ann Smith, Resource Teacher
Tumbleweed Elementary, Phoenix, Arizona

We are one of the pilot schools for our state's RTI implementation. We received recognition at the state level for the use of Essential Skills Software as a highly successful intervention strategy with our English Language Learners. I like the programs because they are not gamey and they have a clear skill focus that guarantees the children learn the skills presented. The programs are a valuable and essential component of our school RTI.

Donna Stokes, Title I Reading Specialist
Tonalea Elementary, Scottsdale, Arizona

The programs from Essential Skills are consistent and have excellent progression through the skills. The children are very engaged in the programs because they are motivated by their success. They stick with it even when it gets challenging. The skills taught are appropriate and all students are able to work independently. The students like to see their daily scores and I like how the Marks Manager keeps track of how the children are doing.

Cheryl Smith, Kindergarten Teacher
Havasupai Elementary, Supai, Arizona

Our primary and ELL students benefit greatly from using Essential Skills. They enjoy working independently and they like being able to see their progress as they complete activities. Their interest and enthusiasm for the program does not diminish over time.

Debbie Maikis, Computer Tech
Redbird Elementary, Mesa, Arizona

Arizona, Results

The ability to place students at their own instructional level and have them work independently is great! Our students are definitely making gains using Essential Skills.

Barbara Vinyard
Title I Teacher

The Sight Words programs from Essential Skills have definitely improved my childrens' reading and recognition of sight words, as well as their spelling. I appreciate these fabulous programs. You're doing a great job!

Mary Ann Smith
Resource Teacher