Tennessee

We were a targeted school in reading two years ago and I really believe that the Essential Skills programs played a significant role in helping to bring our scores up. Last year based on our Tennessee Comprehensive Academic Testing scores we were ranked the third highest school in the county.

Carol Chastain, Title I Teacher Reading
Rockford Elementary, Rockford, Tennessee

We use Essential Skills programs everyday with Kindergarten through grade five students. We now have about 20 titles. The programs are very user friendly and the students enjoy them immensely. Customer service and tech support is prompt, friendly and helpful. Teachers visit from other schools just to see these programs in use!

Rebecca Leifert, Technology Support Teacher
Doak Elementary, Greeneville, Tennessee

I love the programs from Essential Skills. It is the best software I have seen for sight word review, and reading comprehension skills. The programs are very user friendly and the kids never complain about being bored. I see definite measurable improvement in their acquisition of literacy skills. I am really pleased with it and use it every day.

Laura Barrett, Sp. Ed. & Technology Coordinator
North Elementary, Altamont, Tennessee

We have used the Essential Skills software everyday for at least five years with our students. The software runs without any problems on all our school networks. I highly recommend all of their programs. I like the ease of use of the Marks Manager and the ability to quickly create reports.

Dennis Bouchanan, Computer Coordinator
Springdale Elementary, Springdale, Tennessee

The children can manage the software themselves and the software returns them to where they left off the day before. I have nine classes of children and the fact that The Marks Manager is central for all the programs makes it easy for me to manage. This software absolutely makes a huge difference in the acquisition of their reading skills.

Paula Lambert, Title I Teacher
Cornersville Elementary, Cornersville, Tennessee

I love your programs! We have eight titles from Essential Skills. These programs provide thorough coverage of our literacy needs. The children get practical skill based instruction and I see lots of carryover to their classroom work. Our special needs children require that clean, uncluttered, straight forward approach to learning that these programs provide. The kids really enjoy the programs. They seem to know that they are actually learning to read and they appreciate that. Unquestionably, Essential Skills Software provides tremendous value for the money.

Kathy Ellis, Resource Teacher
Frazier Elementary, Dayton, Tennessee

We use the programs on a regular basis with all our grade one and two students. I am really impressed with Essential Skills. I think that all the programs are very beneficial to the students and as a bonus, they love the software. We feel that these programs are a great complement to the classroom curriculum. There are many different approaches within each program to meet the different styles of our students. We have been more than pleased with the software. It has been a great supplemental tool for all of our students.

Anne Pierce, Title I Teacher Reading Teacher
Jackson Elementary, Kingsport, Tennessee

I love the programs from Essential Skills. They are kid friendly and deliver the skills in a structured, sequential manner. The kids love the programs and all students are able to achieve. Every child in our school uses the software daily.

 Lisa Rodgers, Computer Teacher
Ellen Myers Elementary, Harrogate, Tennessee

Our K-1 grades have started the Wilson Reading Fundations programs. We were thrilled to see how closely the Essential Skills programs align with Fundations. We use them every day. These programs are down and dirty. They really get to the nuts and bolts of learning!

Jennifer Jordan, Federal Projects Reading and Math
Mt. View Elementary, Etowah, Tennessee

We purchased six programs from Essential Skills five years ago. We are still using these programs on a daily basis with our students. Needless to say they have provided excellent value. The skills in these programs are aligned with our curriculum. Our children enjoy the programs and benefit greatly from working on them.

Cindy Windsor, Reading Specialist
Dan Mills School, Nashville, Tennessee

We use Reading Comprehension and Super Phonics on a regular basis. Essential Skills is the most highly used software in our school. Our students love Essential Skills! They don't feel like they are doing work, but they are actually learning as the programs teach and reinforce the skills in a fun way. They are appropriate for children of any ability level and they allow children to work independently at their own pace.

Janice Cope, Reading Interventionist
Midway School, New Tazewell, Tennessee

I really love the Essential Skills programs. They are colorful and fun for kids. The children can work independently and successfully at their own level and pace. These programs tie into all five essential components of Reading First. They enhance what is being taught in the classroom and we have seen marked improvements in student performance. I would highly recommend these programs to other teachers.

Kimberly McNab, Reading First Literacy Leader
Stratton Elementary, Nashville, Tennessee

The programs from Essential Skills are used in our computer lab three times per week by 13 classes. Even the Kindergarten children can use them. The programs are very engaging and user friendly for the teacher as well as the children. They are all about skill development. There is no fluff and no time wasting. It is good supplemental practice and reinforcement material for any classroom curriculum.

Susan Clarke, Literacy Leader
Parris South Elementary, Savannah, Tennessee

The Essential Skills programs allow the students to learn independently. They are easy to follow and the children pick up each day from where they left off. We are observing a definite improvement in their acquisition of reading skills particularly in sound blending.

Lulu Corbitt, Reading Intervention
Cheatham Park Elem, Springfield, Tennessee

We use Essential Skills everyday with our children and we love it! The programs are easy to use and the kids can work independently learning the skills. Essential Skills programs are a natural extension of the instructional process for us. Also, these programs offer great value!

Theresa Eidson, Computer Lab Teacher
Surgoinsville Elem, Surgoinsville, Tennessee

The programs from Essential Skills cover all the skills that the students need. The children are always engaged and it is easy to see the steady progress the children are making. The tracking and reporting features are excellent! The skills in these programs complement and reflect what is being taught in the classroom.

Jeannette Massey, Intervention Teacher
Carthage Elem, Carthage, Tennessee

First we demonstrate the Essential Skills programs on the Smartboard, The children quickly learn how to use the programs and work independently on their skills. They are engaged and stay focused. It is easy to observe the progress students are making. The skills in the programs are in alignment and are a great supplement to what is being taught in the classroom. Essential Skills is a great low cost solution in times of tight budgets.

DeLisa Alsup, Intervention Teacher
Alexander Elem, Jackson, Tennessee

We use Essential Skills as a supplement for RTI tier 2. The programs are very child friendly. Readiness Skills for pre K is awesome! We have used Starfall in the past but it is impossible to find free stuff that is sponsor free or ad free. Readiness Skills covers many of the skills for pre K. This is a great value program!

Gayle Uhles, Literacy Leader
Union Heights Elem, Carthage, Tennessee

My ESL children have benefited greatly from using the Essential Skills Literacy programs. We have TECaliforniaP testing once a year as well as the ELDA. 75% of the Children in my reading and ESL class are making adequate yearly growth because of their work with the Essential Skills programs. I have used these programs for nine years with great success. The students learn quickly and are able to work independently at their own level and pace.

Christie Swayze, ESL Teacher
Thomas Intermediate, Shelbyville, Tennessee

Essential Skills programs are like having extra helping hands in the classroom. With these programs specific skills can be assessed and the data collection and reporting tools are excellent because everything has to be documented these days. My students love the programs and are retaining and generalizing the skills they learn. The extra practice helps them to learn and reinforce the skills they missed in the lower grades. All my students are able to work independently at their own pace and level of ability.

Billie Freeman, Resource Teacher
Gibbs Elementary, Knoxville, Tennessee

Tennessee, Results

These programs tie into all five essential components of Reading First. They enhance what is being taught in the classroom and we have seen marked improvements in student performance. I would highly recommend these programs to other teachers!

Kimberly McNab
Reading First Literacy Leader

The Essential Skills programs allow the students to learn independently. We are observing a definite improvement in their acquisition of reading skills, particularly in sound blending.

Lulu Corbitt
Reading Intervention

My ESL children have benefited greatly from using the Essential Skills. We have TECAP testing once a year as well as the ELDA. 75% of the children in my reading and ESL class are making adequate yearly growth because of their work with the Essential Skills.

Christie Swayze
ESL Teacher