Common Core Dyslexia Learning Disabilities and Reading Comprehension. While the Common Core Standards and Common Core Assessments are much harder, discussions often masks THE ISSUE — READING COMPREHENSION
Diane Ravitch writes about the Common Core Problem with passing scores predicted to drop by 30 points
Common Core for Students with Dyslexia and Learning Disabilities is a huge challenge because only 5 to 7% of the students with dyslexia and learning disabilities are likely to be at grade level on the NEW Common Core Assessments. state mandated tests.
If you are a parent of a child with dyslexia or a learning disability, we strongly recommend focusing on improving your child’s reading comprehension
While there is a legitimate concern with over testing and harder testing, the critical problem for students with dyslexia or a learning disability is that your child’s reading comprehension may well be well below grade level.
Reading Plus (R), a reading software provider, assessed 44000 third graders and the bottom 75% had a reading comprehension score over 2 years below grade level. For students in 4th grades and above, the reading comprehension gap widened to 3, 4, and 5 years below grade level.
The first big challenge is that schools use tests that do not resemble what your child will be tested on — we measure reading comprehension for students in 3rd grade and above with Reading Plus — which uses passages that mirror the length, complexity and questions your child will be answered.
While phonics, phonemic awareness, reading fluency, and vocabulary are all important — reading programs often miss the fact that students with dyslexia and learning disabilities often:
– learn differently. You child may well learn best when your child sees and experiences information. For students who learn differently. the problems you may see include:
– Either skipping over the frequently used or not understanding these words — (e.g. but, what, if, except …) — these problems are often a real problem with math word problems
– Not recognizing words your child has seen and not mastered
– skip words and lines when reading
– have difficulty paying attention to that which is boring
– have difficulty remember what the child has read — this is called working memory
– reading avoidance — who would read if one lost focus, got headaches when reading, did not remember what they read and reading was torture
Again, if you have a child with dyslexia or a learning disability, we recommend focusing on reading comprehension, make sure you get to the underlying causes of the problem and that you be committed to getting your child back to grade level.
For more information, you can visit our page on Learning Disabilities and Dyslexia