Students with Dyslexia and Learning Disabilities Need a Better Education, Not Just More Testing
Patricia Levesque and Kevin Welner recently had their thoughts on testing and accountability shared in the article
Patricia Levesque, former deputy chief of staff for education under Gov. Jeb Bush, is the chief executive officer of the Foundation for Excellence in Education, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of education for all students.
- Kevin Welner, a professor of education and the director of the National Education Policy Center at the University of Colorado Boulder, is the co-author, most recently, of “Closing the Opportunity Gap: What America Must Do to Give All Children an Even Chance.
For Florida students with a specific learning disability, most of whom have dyslexia, the evidence is quite damning for the present system:
– 89% of the 3rd graders with a specific learning disability failed the 3rd grade reading FCAT last year
– The trend is neither up nor down — and the commissioner sees no reason to do anything differently for students with learning disabilities or dyslexia
– The trend is likely to get much worse this year with the new Florida Standards Assessments. We expect 93 to 97% of the students with a specific learning disability to be below grade level and 75 to 80% of the students would have scored low enough to bring third grade retention into play — but the state has chosen to limit the damage this year — beware in 2016
Five Reasons Testing Has Not Helped Students with Learning Disabilities and Dyslexia
The RTI Trap has kept a number from getting the help they need early enough to succeed by 3rd grade. Many are identified in 3rd grade and we suspect an even greater amount are not identified before 4th grade. We have developed a webpage to explain the challenges and to help parents to expedite the identification process — go to The RTI Trap
There has been some focus on Third Grade Retention, but precious little on Success by Third Grade. We have written a book on this subject you can download at our Success by Third Grade page
Third, teacher training has been too little too late
Fourth, the new Florida State Standards and 3rd Grade Reading Florida Standards Assessment are much harder than their predecessors
Fifth, parents have too often relied on schools to help their child with learning disabilities or dyslexia to help their child.
How Parents Can Make The Difference for Your Child with Learning Disabilities or Dyslexia
Mindset matters. Like us, you need to recognize that your child’s success is in your hands. We recommend deciding that Success is the Only Option
Understand your child’s present level of reading comprehension, how your child learns best and where your child struggles. There is a sharp difference between dyslexia and right-brain dyslexia. With right-brain dyslexia, your child first needs to understand the frequently used words mean and how to recognize words previously seen and not mastered. This drives who to work with
Goal set for success
Start looking for a partner who has a solid track record of helping students like your child succeed.
If your child child has Dyslexia or Learning Disabilities, visit our Dyslexia and Learning Disabilities page and:
– Download our book, “Life is a Ball, Do Not Put Me in a Box”
– Take our no cost assessment
– Call us for a strategy session at 561-361-7495