Overview of the QuickSmart Program

QuickSmart is a theory-based educational intervention for middle-school students, specifically, for those in Years 5, 6, 7 and 8 (i.e., students aged between about ten and fourteen years).

QuickSmart was designed to enhance students' fluency in either literacy (reading and comprehension) or numeracy by improving their information retrieval times. Individually designed intervention programs are developed and implemented as part of QuickSmart in order to strengthen students' problematic skills - for example, letter naming, word naming, comprehension, recall of number facts, and basic computation.

Program Description

Ideally, the QuickSmart program runs for thirty weeks over three consecutive school terms. The program is intensive and participating students, selected according to school-based criteria, are withdrawn from their classes to attend the QuickSmart lessons.

Students work in pairs for three 30-minute lessons each week with the same instructor. Where possible, the pairings of students match individuals with similar learning obstacles in either reading or numeracy. An experienced teacher or teacher aide, who has been trained in the principles and structure of a QuickSmart lesson, delivers the program under the supervision of a trained teacher and university instructor to ensure the fidelity of the intervention.

Key components of the QuickSmart Program

Some key components of the QuickSmart program are: