Tests and Assessments: DIBELS TESTING FOR APRAXIA

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Martha: Is it legal to test a child with apraxia using the Dibels test? We have been told that it would not determine pass or fail but is a way to evaluate the child. This does not seem fair to me since it is a timed test.

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J. Bailey

No child should be given the DIBELS ever. The DIBELS provides no good information for any kind of instruction and wastes instructional time. The DIBELS was created and sold to schools as a money making project. A child with severe apraxia should have services from an SLP and modifications on his IEP for the general education classroom-not nonsense word reading without timing. The point of reading is to be able to understand and gain information or enjoyment from written texts. Speed reading makes no sense. The last time I read Tolstoy or Dickens, I read them slowly-enjoying the characters-and never wanting the story to end. The lower quality of the writing, the faster one can read it. How can we raise the standards when the testing we are using lowers them.

Sandra

My son has severe apraxia and he was given the DIBELS but with accommodations which amounted to it not being timed. This is an allowable accommodation for students with speech and processing disorders. DIBELS instructions actually state this for test administrators.