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Why Reading Performance System?
Because everyone needs to read better!
Features we offer...
Features we offer...


RPS Can Help

If you need to read, RPS is the solution you're looking for.

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What People Are Saying

"If I were a Superhero, my Superpower would be that I could read more in less time."
- Bill Gates, Microsoft Co-Founder

Q: "How do you understand what that says?"
A: "I don't know. I just look at it and I know what it means." 
- Stargate SG-1 TV Series 

Q: "How do you stay ahead of the competition?"
A: "I read everything."
- Marc Andreessen, Netscape Co-Founder

"Reading is no longer a luxury; it's a necessity."
- Iain Yeakle, RPS Sales Manager

"RPS is improving the way people read and use information."
- Marie Gunter, RPS Marketing Director

"I find that if I do a 10-15 minute RPS session the first thing in the morning, my day is much more productive."
- John Burgess, RPS Founder

"Never suffer an exception to occur till the new habit is securely rooted in your life."            - William James, Founding Figure of Modern Psychology


Vision Facts & Statistics

"One quarter of our brain activity relates to visual perception, so the brain is devoting about 25 percent of its power to vision."
- Dr. Eric Kandel, Nobel Laureate
"One out of every four school-aged children suffers from vision problems, a staggering 7.7 million children between the ages of 0-11."
- Prevent Blindness America
"The retina of the eye is actually a part of the central nervous system and contains a little over 100 million photo-receptors.  The optic nerve has about 1 million fibers.  This represents a 100:1 compression of data that occurs in the eye.  It is really quite remarkable."
-Dr. Tony Movshon, New York University
"Vision screening is not as commonplace as many might believe or the screening is not adequate. A distressing aspect of low screening rates is the fact that 80 percent of the information that children learn is visual. Yet 20-25 percent of children enter school with vision problems that can affect their development and progress in school. In addition, 70 percent of school-age children who have a learning disability have some form of visual impairment."
"More than 27 million Americans of all ages currently suffer from some level of vision impairment. It is estimated that 25% of school-age children suffer from vision problems. The economic impact is more than $51 billion in direct and indirect costs."
-National Institutes of Health

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Welcome to Reading Performance Systems!
Welcome to Reading Performance Systems!

"Information is ubiquitous and reading is a survival skill. If you don't read well, you are going to fall behind in school, at work, and in life. RPS provides visual practice exercises that improve fundamental reading skills so that you can not only survive, but thrive in our information intensive world." 
- John Burgess, RPS Founder


RPS represents a new paradigm for reading instruction and practice based on the latest brain research. We are redefining how people think about reading and how they read.

Two-thirds of the population is deficient in the visual skills that form the foundation of fluent reading. As a result, most people struggle with reading requirements.

Brain functions are localized and hierarchical. Accurate reading perception  depends on accurate processing of information in every functional area along the path. Each underperforming area contributes to poor reading performance.

RPS is scientifically designed to increase the performance of the motor, sensory, and cognitive skills required during the reading process.

RPS exercises provide practice to develop foundational reading skills and strengthen neural pathways to maximize individual reading performance.

RPS also provides reading strategies for managing the many kinds of real-world "reading" we do. We recognize that information is presented in many different ways, which require many different ways of reading.

RPS is the premiere tool for developing skills for information differentiation, discrimination, absorption, processing, assimilation, and use.

RPS helps eliminate poor reading habits such as sub-vocalization, regression, and attention drift and takes the "pain" out of reading so that it becomes an enjoyable stimulation of the imagination.

According to a US Air Force study, the brain can recognize words visually without sub-vocalization in 5/100 of a second (0.05 s) while it takes 1/4 of a second (0.25 s) to sub-vocalize them or 5 times longer.

RPS is an online application so there is no software to install. Updates are automatic and ready the next time you log in.

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"I was an A student in high school, but I wasn't required to do much reading. When I went to college, my courses required a lot of reading and I quickly fell behind. Going from being an A student to being a C student overnight was a shock to my ego. I knew that if I didn't do something quickly about my reading, my college career was going to be short lived. RPS gave me the tools I needed to develop my reading skills so that I could master the information in my textbooks. Over the course of a few semesters, I went from being a C student to being an A student again."
- Alex D., Engineer
"I found that when I was doing the RPS exercises I was practicing the kinds of skills I do in my real reading, which are different than the kinds of skills I was taught in school.  Most of the reading I do now is finding useful information for my business, not reading novels and plays.  Sorry Mrs. Lyons (my 7th grade English teacher who was a great influence on me)."
-Chris M., Professional Photographer
"I am the International IT Manager for a well-known US bank. I spend as much as 50% of my time reading and researching.  After using RPS for several weeks, I can cover 2-3 times as much information in the same amount of time.  This makes me much more productive and increases my creativity in finding viable solutions."
-Remy M., International IT Manager
"I do a lot of copy editing in my work.  I used RPS for several weeks and started noticing that editing was becoming much eaiser.  It was easier to find the places that needed editing and it was easier for me to visualize better ways to rewrite sentences and paragraphs.  This was an unexpected result of using RPS."
-Marie G., Owner, MG3 Media - Marketing and Communications
"The first time I used the RPS Column Exercise it made my eyes feel funny and it gave me a headache so I stopped using it for several weeks even though I knew this just meant I really needed to use it more.  I eventually started using it again and after struggling for a while, it started becoming easier and easier.  Now, I can easily read an entire book in a couple of hours using RPS exercises to pace my reading. ;-)"
-Bridget R., Real Estate Agent

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Literacy & Reading Facts & Statistics

"Disadvantaged students in the first grade have a vocabulary that is approximately half that of an advantaged student (2,900 and 5,800 respectively)."
- Graves, 1986 / White, Graves & Slater, 1990 
"The educational careers of 25 to 40 percent of American children are imperiled because they don't read well enough, quickly enough, or easily enough."
-National Research Council


"It is estimated that more than $2 billion is spent each year on students who repeat a grade because they have reading problems."
-U.S. Department of Health and Human Services


"More than 20 percent of adults read at or below a fifth-grade level - far below the level needed to earn a living wage."
-National Institute for Literacy

"Approximately 50 percent of the nation's unemployed youth age 16-21 are functionally illiterate, with virtually no prospects of obtaining good jobs."
-U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
"Over one million children drop out of school each year, costing the nation over $240 billion in lost earnings, forgone tax revenues, and expenditures for social services."
-United Way, "Illiteracy: A National Crisis"
"60 percent of America's prison inmates are illiterate and 85% of all juvenile offenders have reading problems."
-US Department of Education
"It is estimated that the cost of illiteracy to business and the taxpayer is $20 billion per year."
-United Way, "Illiteracy: A National Crisis"
"The only behavior measure that correlates significantly with reading scores is the number of books in the home. An analysis of a national data set of 100,000 U.S. school children found that access to printed materials - and not poverty - is the critical variable affecting reading acquisition."
-Jeff McQuillan, The Literacy Crisis: False Claims, Real Solutions, 1998


"61 percent of low-income families have no books at all in their homes for their children."
-Reading Literacy in the United States, 1996


"Literacy problems cost the United States businesses about $225 billion a year in lost productivity."
-US Department of Labor


"50% of American adults are unable to read a book at the eighth-grade level."
-Jonathan Kozol, Illiterate America, United Nations


"A high school dropout has less than a 1 in 3 chance of finding a job."


"$5 billion a year in taxes goes to support people receiving public assistance that are unemployable due to illiteracy."
-Laubach Literacy Action


"The 1991 Adult Literacy Act, defines literacy as "An individuals ability to read, write and speak in English, and compute and solve problems at levels of proficiency necessary to function on the job and in society, to achieve one's goals and develop one's knowledge and potential. Functional illiteracy is defined as a person who can read between a fourth-grade and sixth-grade level."


"13% of all 17 year olds are functionally illiterate."
-National Commission on Excellence in Education


"Approximately 44 million people in the United States cannot read well enough to fill out an application, read a food label, or read a simple story to a child."
-National Adult Literacy Survey


"Nearly half of America's adults are poor readers, or "functionally illiterate." They can't carry out simple tasks like balancing check books, reading drug labels or writing essays for a job."
-National Adult Literacy Survery


"To participate fully in society and the workplace in 2020, citizens will need powerful literacy abilities that until now have been achieved by only a small percentage of the population."
-National Council on Teachers of English Standards for the English Language Arts


"When the State of Arizona projects how many prison beds it will need, it factors in the number of kids who read poorly in the fourth grade."
-Arizona Republic


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