Note: Congress has reauthorized the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the statute formerly known as No Child Left Behind. The new statute, Every Student Succeeds Act, was signed into law by President Obama on December 10, 2015.
According to IDEA and NCLB, is it true that Reading Specialists are supposed to be using a research based program with all of their special education students?
Yes. Forget the terms and look at the reasoning.
Alternative reasons could be:
"Are the regular classroom teachers supposed to be using a research based reading program with the general education population according to NCLB?"
But why would the school or the public allow it?
Poor practice should be abandoned because it is poor practice, not only when it is illegal. For a more complete explanation, read Do Legal Definitions in NCLB Apply to General Ed Programs?
Whether a particular school or school district must meet all standards in NCLB depends on which NCLB grants the school or district receives. However, I cannot imagine that informed taxpayers would ask their school board to provide an education that does not meet national and state minimum standards.
"Can you tell me where I can find a list of Research Based Reading Programs and a list of assessments?"
Some research based programs are appropriate for general ed classrooms and some are appropriate for both classroom and remediation. Read a little about different programs to find out which are appropriate in each setting.
Learn about the important characteristics of effective reading programs that are aligned with current research and the purpose, content, and process of FCRR Reports. Guidelines to Review Comprehensive Core Reading Programs.
Importance of Teacher Training
To my knowledge, no research has ever shown any program to be effective when:
Progress Monitoring Assessments
These assessments are chosen because they can show growth over short periods of time. Other assessments may not be sensitive enough to do that for all the components of reading. Just looking at fluency or comprehension is not enough.
According to the National Center on Student Progress Monitoring, "Progress monitoring is a scientifically based practice that is used to assess students academic performance and evaluate the effectiveness of instruction. Progress monitoring can be implemented with individual students or an entire class."
Look at test descriptions to see what they look at and the age ranges to be tested.
Meet Sue Whitney Revised: 12/12/11 Copyright © 1998-2020, Peter W. D. Wright and Pamela Darr
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Meet Sue Whitney
Copyright © 1998-2020, Peter W. D. Wright and Pamela Darr Wright. All rights reserved.