Ask the Evaluator: Teacher Resources for Dyslexia Screening

A new state law requires reading interventionists to screen all students in grades K-2 and new students in our district for dyslexia. We have to complete 2 hours of training in dyslexia screening, intervention, accommodations, and using technology. The state DOE has not made any recommendations about the best screening method.  As a district, we use DIBELS to screen our K-2 students. What’s the best method of screening? We also need professional development resources. From …Read more

Cannot Teach My Child to Read? – No Way!

“Your child is reading 7 grade levels below his peers.” How would you like to hear these words? That is what we heard after years of working with the school on behalf of our son who has ADD/LD and dyslexia. He was going into 8th grade as a primer (first grade) reader. He could comprehend at grade level but could not read, write, or spell at grade level. He was good in math and all …Read more

Better Prepared Teachers Lessen the Impact of Reading Difficulties

The International Dyslexia Association (IDA) is conducting reviews of university-based teacher training programs in reading using the criteria set in the IDA Knowledge and Practice Standards. This is good news! On this blog we have often discussed how alarming it is that children are NOT learning how to read. Dyslexics or children with reading disorders make up 70-80% of the special education students. Most college special education masters programs do not include comprehensive instruction in …Read more

Most Kids Are Not Proficient Readers … We Need Better Teacher Preparation by Dr. Marcia Henry

Science leads to better readers by Marcia Henry It’s a grim story to read. Fifteen years ago, Wisconsin fourth-graders placed third in the country in state rankings of reading ability known as the National Assessment of Educational Progress. By 2009, our fourth-graders’ scores plunged to 30th, with a third of the students reading below basic levels. The scores of minority youth were even bleaker, with 65% of African-American and 50% of Hispanic students scoring in the …Read more

Pam – How Old Am I?

How old are you? Ninety-nine percent of us answer this question reflexively, without having to think. A reporter who asked Pete this question on the phone several years ago, was stunned when Pete  called to Pam and asked  – “How old am I?”  On other occasions, he resorts to using a calculator before answering and readily admits “I have trouble with math.” Pete also has trouble with …

Teaching Every Child to Read: Never Give Up!

“Never give up” is an essential motto for parents of children who have difficulty learning to read. I know. My son was seriously behind in reading skills throughout his early grade school years. Typical in most schools by the end of third grade, I knew his school district would stop providing individual reading instruction. I could not let that happen! Kevin was making “good progress,” but he was falling further and further behind his age …Read more

Teaching My “Unteachable” Daughter How to Read

After reading your article, “Waiting to Fail” Instead of Teaching a Child How to Read, I had to write to add a “hooray” to your article! When my daughter was in elementary school, the school told us she would NEVER read. Being the Special Ed Teacher that I am, I did not believe a word the school told me about my daughter’s reading ability. I took a summer off to teach my “unteachable” daughter.

Knowledge and Practice Standards for Teachers of Reading

Knowledge and Practice Standards for Teachers of Reading – from the International Dyslexia Association (Executive Summary) “Reading difficulties are the most common cause of academic failure and underachievement. The NAEP consistently finds that about 36% of all fourth graders read at a level described as “below basic.” Between 15 and 20% of young students are doomed to academic failure because of reading and language processing weaknesses, unless those weaknesses are recognized early and treated skillfully.

All Parents with Kids in Special Ed Need to See This Video

Sent from one of our readers – I have Dyslexia. I told numerous people I have dyslexia including teachers, psychologist ect… when I had my son tested for learning disabilities. No one thought it was a big deal, and no one cared to test my son for Dyslexia. He has all of the warning signs, yet no one cared enough to formally test. A lot of his problems in school could have been avoided if …Read more