Common Core and Dyslexia — Parents Beware
The passing rates on the new Common Core Assessments are likely to drop sharply versus the old tests, but the real issue is reading comprehension — with the new and much harder text. This will be even tougher for students with learning disabilities. We expect 4 to 7% of the students with learning disabilities to be on grade level the first year of the Common Core Assessments.
Consider this quote from an A.E. Casey report — “Early Warning! Why Read By The End of Third Grade Matters”
“Up to half of the fourth grade curriculum will be incomprehensible to students who read below that grade level according to the Children’s Reading Foundation. Three quarters of the readers who are poor readers in third grade will still be poor readers in 12th grade, according to research done at Yale University.
For students with learning disabilities, their reading comprehension may be 2 and even 3 years below grade level, even in 3rd and 4th grades. For students with learning disabilities there are some real challenges:
– Instead of being close to grade level as many of these students were on the old tests, the same students may now be well below grade level
– Teachers are now going to be graded on how well their students do on the new Common Core Assessments — therefore, there may be more pressure on the teachers to find a way to get students with learning disabilities out of their classes
– The self-esteem of the struggling students with learning disabilities may also suffer
– Homework time and stress may get to be a much bigger issue
– Parents may be tempted to find a private school or even home school
Helping Parents of Students with Dyslexia to Make The Difference
There are six common challenges for students with dyslexia. The child often:
– Learns differently and is what we call a right-brain learner
– Has an attention issue or it may just be they are excited by what they are learning and cannot focus on that which is boring
– Has an eye-teaming issue – it is very common for the right-brain learner to have an eye-teaming issue
– Reading comprehension may be much lower than one would have expected. Unfortunately, schools do not always measure reading comprehension and alert parents how far behind their child with learning disabilities may be
Federal law makes it very difficult for parents of twice-exceptional students to get reading help from the school.
What can a parent do:
– Find out if your child learns differently and is a right-brain learner — if your child is, you want to consider a right-brain program that plays to your child’s strengths and interests
– Find out if your child has an attention and/or eye-teaming issue
– Have your child assessed for their present level of reading speed and comprehension and their vocabulary level.
Let’s assume these are all true — then you should a right-brain program that improves reading speed and comprehension and you should address the attention and eye-teaming issues – which is far different than a typical dyslexia treatment.
The new Common Core and dyslexia will be a challenge for parents and students for years to come.
At 3D Learner, we provide a no cost screening tool for parents of students with dyslexia that you can do with your child. To access the assessment and for more information go to Students with Dyslexia and Learning Disabilities