Waiting to Fail or Preventing Reading Failure?

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ISSN: 1538-320
November 19, 2019

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image of boy struggling to readHow do we prevent reading difficulties and failure?

Children should be taught word identification, comprehension, and reading development.

Retaining kids in hopes that "maturity" will cause them to learn to read, write and spell has been discredited for decades.

You cannot always assume that special educators know how to teach children to read.

Special education teachers may have graduated with an overview of reading but no real training in any research based reading program.

In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate you'll find out the importance of implementing research based reading instruction. Learn about the most commonly used tests of reading - what they measure, how they are administered, and their limitations.

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Waiting to Fail?

  • Is your child struggling to read, but falling further behind?
  • Does your child have difficulties, with red flags especially in language areas - reading, spelling, writing?
  • Did the school hesitate to evaluate him, while he continues to struggle with reading?
  • Did the special ed program fail to remediate his reading problems?

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Assessing Reading Difficulties and Disabilities

I'm concerned about my child's reading. What should we know about reading skills?

Reading is the gateway skill to learning. A reading assessment is the first step in identifying your child's problems and developing solutions so he can improve his reading.

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Student Achievement Crisis: Nation's Reading Report Card

In 2019, average reading scores were lower for both fourth- and eighth-grade students compared to 2017: scores were lower by 1 point at fourth grade and lower by 3 points at eighth grade.

Why are reading scores dropping? Why are kids not making reading progress?

Get your state reading profile.


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All About "Reading Tests"

Chapter 6: Reading Assessments. Learn about reading skills, tests that are used to measure reading skills, and answers to your questions about reading tests.

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