Our teachers and students love your programs. I have seen a tremendous performance gains especially in our Kindergarten and first grades. One student in particular started in September not knowing any English and now knows all of his basic English vocabulary. It is the practice that your programs offer that helped him to improve so much.

Catherine Davis, Computer Coordinator
Bennett Elementary, Sun Valley, Nevada

Our 1st and 2nd grade students are using Phonemic Awareness for one hour a week. It is definitely helping them. The students are very motivated by the success they are having and really like using the program.

Michelle Blake, Computer Technologist
West Wendover Elementary, West Wendover, Nevada

We couldn't be more pleased with our student's success at Yerington Elementary School. We have become an Exemplary Turn Around school in Nevada! We have done many great things and one of them is how we implement Essential Skills software. We have matched Essential Skills software to the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) content strands. We find out where a student is struggling and match the Essential Skills programs to that strand for remediation. Students' RIT scores in those strands have greatly improved also increasing their overall RIT score! Students are getting the targeted remediation they need. Essential Skills matches our state standards and MAP Descartes wonderfully. The best part is the students love the software and are increasing their academic skills in the process!

Pamela Tognoli, Literacy Specialist
Yerington Elementary, Yerington, Nevada

Grades 1, 2 and 3 students are using the Reading Comprehension programs every week. I feel the programs play a significant role in the development of their reading skills. Our students find ESS programs motivating and user friendly.

Madelon Isbell, Teacher
Roy Gomm Elementary, Reno, Nevada

All the teachers in the school are using Essential Skills programs with their students. The kids have been improving their literacy skills and having fun at the same time. Your programs are an excellent value.

G. Monnett, Teacher
Virgin Valley Elementary, Mesquite, Nevada

We have all of the Essential Skills math programs in our school. They are wonderful for the students to practice their math skills. We use them in second, third and fourth grade. Last year we did very well on our testing and I think Essential Skills gave us that boost. The students get exposed to the entire math curriculum using these programs and all of the skills are on our state test.

Maxine Emm, K-4 Technology Teacher
Silver Springs Elementary, Silver Springs, Nevada

I use Essential Skills programs two or three times a week with my special education students. They can work independently and successfully at their own level. The activities address lots of different learning styles. I can see that the students are learning and benefiting from these programs. They are making measurable progress and enjoying the learning experience.

Nicki Backman, Resource Teacher
Joseph Bowler Elementary, Bunkerville, Nevada

My children have made major gains on their MAP test (Measure of Academic Progress) and I attribute this in large part to Essential Skills Software. These computer programs provide a good bridge between classroom instruction and computer based testing. Essential Skills teaches the students in a systematic way how to respond to the questions and problems that appear on the screen. This has made a very positive and powerful impact on the academic self esteem and success of our students. In my mind these programs are invaluable.

Janet Price, Third Grade Teacher
Sutro Elementary, Dayton, Nevada

All teachers are concerned with time management and I have found a way to handle this problem using Essential Skills Software. Limited readers can be using the software during independent reading time and when students come back from the resource room in the middle of a lesson they can also go directly to their work on Essential Skills. The programs are very user friendly and the children work independently at their own ability level. One teacher is convinced that one of her students now loves math and reading because she is so motivated by her success using Essential Skills. The programs align with state standards, the NWEA (Northwest Evaluation Association) and the MAP (Measures of Academic Progress Testing). We use Essential Skills to reinforce the strands necessary for each grade level. My kids simply can't get enough of these programs!

Sherry Kunzweiler, Grade 4 Teacher
Lahontan Elementary, Fallon, Nevada