Finding Effective Reading Programs

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ISSN: 1538-320
November 13, 2018

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happy boy with booksIf a child isn’t learning in a particular program, that program doesn’t "work." The school must provide a different program that does work.

A program the school considers “good” may not be adequate for every child.

The special education law is based on the fact that children learn differently.

If a child does not learn and make progress in the district’s program, the district may not be providing FAPE.

In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate you'll learn what the law requires so schools provide services individualized to meet the unique needs of each child. Find the qualities of effective reading programs, requirements for research based reading, and how to find reading programs.

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Effective Reading Programs: Is Your Child Struggling to Read?

A standardized one-size-fits all reading program will not work for children with dyslexia.

A reading program needs to be chosen based upon the unique and individual needs of a particular student.

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What Reading Tests Measure

Learn about the most commonly used tests of reading -

  • what they measure
  • how they are administered
  • what are their limitations

Dr. Melissa Farrall describes what reading tests measure and don't measure.

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11 Questions to Ask About Your Child's Reading Program

1. Is the reading program researched-based?

2. Has the teacher been trained in direct, systematic, multisensory reading instruction? ...

Sue Whitney describes the federal model reading program and the requirements for research based reading programs.


frustrated boy in school trying to read


The Price Children Pay When We Do NOT Teach Them to Read

Can the school select one reading program and use that program for all children? Shouldn't the school use a research based reading program that has a proven record of success?

Find the answers to your questions about Reading and Research Based Instruction.

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