To Whom It May Concern:
I taught Adult Basic Skills Development at Snake River Correctional Institution for many years and was often frustrated with the slow progress my students made in their reading. Last year I heard about Nardagani through a friend and on our local news program with Dee Sarton of Channel 7. The claims about student progress in reading were so enticing; I decided to try a small pilot of the program.
I began with six voluntary students, of whom only two were native English speakers. Of these two students, one had a diagnosed learning disability and had been in special education classes in public school and in prison. The other did not have a diagnosed learning disability, but as a 58 year old man he definitely struggled to learn and to remember information. Two students were native Spanish speakers who were speaking English well, but learning to read English. One student was a Native Mayan speaker for whom English was his third language. The sixth student was from Micronesia and had very little schooling in his native tongue. He struggled with English and reading and therefore had learning difficulties with all subjects.
I used the San Diego Quick Reading Assessment for a pre and posttest. This test is a list of grade-level words and it assesses the student’s ability to correctly pronounce the words. It does not asses comprehension, only pronunciation. It designates three levels of ability for the student: independent level, instructional level, or frustration level.
After 7 days of instruction with the Nardagani program, (approximately one hour of instruction per day) I was able to posttest four of the six students. I saw some pretty significant gains in the student’s reading levels. These four students raised their instructional level at least one grade higher. Two students were posttested at day 10 of instruction and they each raised their independent reading levels by at least 2 grade levels.
Overall, I was very pleased to see the results that came from using the Nardagani Reading Program. I’ve since changed jobs and positions. I am longer teaching at Snake River Correctional Institution, but am Assistant Director of Education at Washington State Penitentiary. I look forward to finding instructors who are eager to try something new, as I’d like to see more adult educators try the program and document their results so we can all learn about the program’s effectiveness.
BA: Communication: Secondary Ed. Certification: Boise State University
MA: Literacy Specialist: Boise State University