We're using the Weaver Secondary Reading Efficiency System version 2.03 with a Novell NetWare 4.11 network and Windows 95 workstations.  (The current version is 2.05; we just received that).  Reading classes come into the computer lab to use it, and students in those classes also come in individually to finish assignments.  We are using only the comprehension lessons.

The installation process is not difficult.  Most of the files are installed on the network; the rest have to be installed on each workstation.  We have had some problems with the program losing a student's place in the lesson sequence and reports not showing an overall percentage score.  The newer version is supposed to fix some problems; we'll find out next semester if that's true. Students don't seem to have much trouble navigating the program.

The program literature claims you can transfer a student's records from one class to another, but it turns out you are supposed to use Microsoft Access 97 to do that.  This function is not built into the program.

I supervise the computer lab, so I can only tell you about the technical stuff, not the value of the content.  But we've been using different versions of the Weaver system for years and haven't found anything better.

Carol Elmer
Learning Specialist
Longview Community College
Lee's Summit, MO
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