According to LightSPEED Technologies, its classroom amplification system can enhance student achievement by:

• Improving acade-mic test scores. Studies show amplifying a teacher’s voice results in improvement in reading and language test scores for students at all elementary levels. It benefits students with mild, fluctuating hearing loss, and studies show a 7-10 percent improvement in academic test scores for normal hearing children, too.

• Improving student attention. Classroom distractions can get in the way of students listening. Teachers using LightSPEED classroom amplification systems report less repeating of instructions, improvement in on-task time and quicker, more efficient transitional times.

• Increasing classroom interaction and participation. When children can’t hear and understand clearly what they are being asked and told, they lack the confidence to participate in classroom discussion. Teachers using LightSPEED classroom amplification report improvement in student motivation and participation — especially when students use the microphone to speak.

• Improving students’ abilities to hear their teachers. U.S. Department of Education confirmed in a series of studies classroom amplification helps students with mild hearing loss perform as well as children with normal hearing.

• Overcoming high ambient noise levels in the classroom. A significant number of kindergarten through sixth-grade children cannot hear adequately due to poor classroom acoustics and high ambient noise levels. LightSPEED systems overcome ambient noise caused by external factors such as computers, heating and air conditioning units, street and hallway traffic and other children talking.

• Increasing word/sentence recognition for children whose second language is English. A recent study shows English language learning students can score as much as 30 percent higher on word/sentence recognition tests in classrooms where the teacher’s voice is amplified.

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