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1. Doing Your Homework: What Are the Criteria for Remedial Reading Programs?
child has been in remedial reading this year. He made three months of
progress in one year, so he actually fell further behind his peers."
2. Research Based Reading Instruction (RBI)
Did you know
that fewer than 35 percent of fourth graders are proficient readers? Did
you know that reading, math and science proficiency does not improve as
children move through school? Did you know that academic skills actually
drop between 4th and 12th grades?
3. Reading FAQs
Most children with disabilities have significant deficits in reading. They need research-based instruction that targets their reading problems. These Frequently Asked Questions will answer some of your questions about how to identify children who are at risk for reading problems and what works in teaching children and adolescents to read.
How to Catch Children Before they Fail at Reading
Why Children Succeed or Fail at Reading (research on learning disabilities from the National Institute of Child Health & Human Development Program)
4. Caselaw: Reading
Are you an advocate for children with learning disabilities or reading problems? Reading at Wrightslaw includes cases about dyslexia, reading, and tuition reimbursement. The cases include:
Evans v. Rhinebeck Central School District, U. S. District Court, Southern District of New York. Excellent case about tuition reimbursement, procedural and substantive issues, FAPE, dyslexia, objective measurement of progress.
v. Florence County School District IV. Tuition reimbursement case;
focuses on an appropriate program and IEP for Shannon Carter, a child
County School District Four v. Shannon Carter, 510 U.S. 7, (1993).If
the public school defaults
and the child receives an appropriate education in the private placement,
parents are entitled to reimbursement for the child's education. This
ruling opened the door to children with autism who receive ABA / Lovaas
to all decisions, transcript of oral argument in Carter
5. IDEA News: Public Meetings Scheduled
The U. S.
Dept of Education announced the schedule
of public meetings to be held in 7 cities after the proposed IDEA
regulations are published in June. When the regs are published, we will
send an Alert to newsletter subscribers so you can download the proposed
Learn More: IDEA 2004
IDEA 2004 Page (includes law, guidance, news; is updated often )
Changes in IDEA 2004: Documents from OSEP
2004 Publications, Reports & Resources Page - links to
reports and publications by legal, educational and disability
6. Wrightslaw Training Programs
NEW! What You Don't Know About IDEA 2004 Can Hurt You!
teachers and school officials are confused about IDEA 2004. These folks
are emailing questions about how IDEA 2004 will affect the special education
of children with disabilities.
Special Education Law and Advocacy Programs focus on four areas:
special education laws including significant changes in IDEA 2004; how
to use the bell curve to measure educational progress & regression;
SMART IEPs; and advocacy tactics & strategies.
7. Free Pubs: Reading
One obstacle in advocating for a child with a disability is finding time to do the research. We spend hours collecting information so you can spend your time learning, not searching. Here are four free pubs about reading:
Myths of Reading Instruction (Southwest Educational Development
Laboratory) Describes the most damaging myths and misconceptions
about reading instruction. If your child has reading problems, print
and distribute several copies of this article for the IEP team.
Put Reading First: Building Blocks for Teaching Children to Read. Organized by topic for kindergarten through grade 3 (phonemic awareness instruction, phonics instruction, vocabulary instruction, fluency instruction, and text comprehension instruction), lists findings from the research, suggests how findings can be translated to practice.
Reading IS Rocket Science: What Expert Teachers Should Know and Be Able
to Do (American Federation of Teachers) (36 pages, pdf) "Research
shows that a child who doesn't learn the reading basics early is unlikely
to learn them at all. Any child who doesn't learn to read early and
well will not easily master other skills and knowledge and is unlikely
to ever flourish in school or in life."
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