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NCLB Outrages

Confirming what parents already know

A parent speaks home truth to NCLB power. Ask yourself: With NCLB in disrepute, why is DIBELS still ruling the world?

by Melissa Jones

It̢۪s parent-teacher conference time again. Boy, I can̢۪t wait to find out how my kid scored on the DIBELS assessment! The results tell me how many words my child can read in a certain amount of time, so I will surely have a better grasp of how well my child reads. Never mind that he might spend 10 minutes on two pages of a Harry Potter book at home, in bed, before lights out. Leisurely reading the words, imagining the scene the pages describe, re-reading passages to make sure he understood, or just because he liked what it said, pausing to reflect on what the words mean. Hey, that sounds like what I do when I read! What about you? According to DIBELS, we are all terrible readers. Because we don̢۪t read it fast enough! I hate that the teachers have to give DIBELS and I resent they are made to use precious conference time to relay the findings to me. As if it matters at all. Who made the rules that children should all read at the same pace, at the same age?

— Melissa Jones
Build Better Schools blog


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