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The Book that Can Change the World for Children

Susan Notes: Some people sit around and whine. Other people stand up and fight back.

If you haven't yet ordered your copy (ies) of Examining Dibels: What It is and What It Does, do so while the supply lasts. Over 500 copies have been shipped out.

The Vermont Society for the Study of Education, a group small in number but very large in spirit, has launched a full frontal assault on DIBELS, the first part of an offensive against Reading First and against NCLB.

Join us in this fight: to get this book into the hands of as many people as possible. As indicated by the preface by an Oregon mom, this book is for parents, educators, and anybody else who cares about the federal assault on children.

A slim 57 page book edited by Ken Goodman, this document challenges the federally-imposed regimen that demeans and diminishes teacher professionalism and harms children.

Examining Dibels: What It is and What It Does

Table of Contents:

  • Preface DIBELS: One Family's Journey, Lisa Laser

  • A Critical Review of DIBELS, Ken Goodman

  • Is DIBELS Leading Us Down the Wrong Path?, Robert J. Tierney and Elizabeth Thome

  • How DIBELS failed Alabama, A Research Report, Susan Seay

  • DIBELS: Not Justifiable, Maryann Manning, Constance Kamii, & Tsuguhiko Kato

  • Appendix: A brief summary of each Sub-Test in DIBELS

    Companion to the book is the DIBELS Clearinghouse

    In the spirit of grassroots activism and the regeneration of teacher professionalism (and with the generosity of Ken Goodman), The Vermont Society for the Study of Education (VSSE) is selling the book for the price of shipping and handling. Send $5.95 to

    P. O. Box 186
    Brandon, VT 05733

    — Announcement
    Vermont Society for the Study of Education


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