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1. Double-Dipping? Are Kids with Disabilities Barred from Title I Reading Programs?
"I work as a speech therapist for a public school system. We have been told that students may not have Title I reading resource and special ed goals in reading because this is 'double-dipping' into federal monies. Is this true?"
2. Teaching a Child to Read: Special Ed or Reading First?
"My child receives special education for reading. He received an 'F' in reading on his last progress report. When we asked the school to put him in Reading First, they said he cannot be in special ed and Reading First. Is this true?"
In Teaching a Child to Read: Special Ed or Reading First? Sue answers these questions and provides strategies and a Learning Plan that parents can use to ensure that their children get needed services -- and learn to read.
Read more articles by Sue Heath in Doing Your Homework.
3. What Reading Tests Measure ... and Don't Measure by Dr. Melissa Farrall
Before educators can design an effective remedial program for a child, they must understand the exact nature of the child's weaknesses. This is not as easy as it sounds.
"There are two important realities in testing. Tests do not always measure what they appear to measure. Not all tests measure reading, writing, and math skills comprehensively."
In What Reading Tests Measure ... and Don't Measure, Dr. Melissa Farrall teaches you about the most commonly used tests of reading - what they measure, how they are administered, and their limitations.
4. Wrightslaw Training Programs: February 2006
In February, programs are scheduled in Georgia and Virginia.
February 2: Duluth GA - Special Education Law & Advocacy Training; keynote; breakout sessions
5. Early Intervention: Get Ready to Read Screening Tool
We know that early identification and early intervention are essential to educating children with disabilities.
If you have a young child, please use the Get Ready to Read Screening Tool. This 20 question research based screening tool will determine if your child's pre-reading skills are weak, strong, or in between.
Note: This screening tool is designed for four-year-olds.
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