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DIBELS: dog-and-pony-speed-reading freak show

Ohanian Comment: News from one of Huntsville's newest, finest schools.

Teachers know what's going on in their class. The systematic devaluing of teacher skill and insight is a deliberate part of NCLB.

A teacher looks at his DIBELS results and concludes that Slow careful
readers have greater comprehension, and the dog-and-pony-speed-reading freak
show is doing nothing but encouraging horrific reading skills!

by Steve Miller

I had 2 children that
didn't benchmark (as you remember. I got my final results back WITH the
retell component. Even though my 2 non-benchmarkers only got 84 words per
minute, they got a retell score of 40%!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

My children who read close to 200 words per minute could only remember 15 - 20%
(they are so good at synthesizing things and putting it into their own
words, their summaries don't count.)

What does this prove? That slow careful
readers have greater comprehension, and the dog-and-pony-speed-reading-freak
show is doing nothing but encouraging horrific reading skills! If we know
the benchmark is 90, why aren't the testers allowed to STOP the children
when they reach it, and allow them to really concentrate on the retell?
Because American statistics are all about the quantity!

— Steve Miller


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