For two hours at the Rayburn Office Building of the House of Representatives on Capitol Hill, there were no Democrats or Republicans -- just citizens who are concerned about the prevalence of dyslexia in our nation’s children, and convinced that something huge needs to be done to help these kids read, learn and thrive. The Congressional Committee Hearing on The Science of Dyslexia brought educators, parents, and lawmakers to the table.
Carolyn D Cowen's insight:
An excellent summary! Yes, I do think we can refer to this one as historic without fear of overstating things.
Recent research suggests that the difficulties dyslexia creates with reading may not be hard-wired. Instead, experience may play a big role in exacerbating reading problems and, potentially, in easing them.
At a time when more states are moving to retain struggling students in lower grades, research shows that such efforts are counterproductive, Deborah Stipek and Michael Lombardo say.
A majority of peer-reviewed studies over the past 30 years have demonstrated that holding students back yields little or no long-term academic benefits and can actually be harmful to students. When improvements in achievement are linked to retention, they are not usually sustained beyond a few years, and there is some evidence for negative effects on self-esteem and emotional well-being.
Moreover, there is compelling evidence that retention can reduce the probability of high school graduation. According to a 2005 review of decades of studies by Nailing Xia and Elizabeth Glennie: "Research has consistently found that retained students are at a higher risk of leaving school earlier, even after controlling for academic performance and other factors such as race and ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status, family background, etc."
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In the midst of an under-the-klieg-lights campaign for the U.S. Senate, U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-La., took some time Thursday to address an issue that for him is far more personal than political: dyslexia. In an informational hearing before the U.S. House Science Committee, Cassidy spoke about his experience as a father when he and…
When Liz Woody’s son Mason was in third grade, he struggled to read basic words. After Woody moved Mason to a specialized school, she set out to transform techniques to reach struggling readers. John Tulenko of Learning Matters has the story. Continue reading →
Carolyn D Cowen's insight:
This is a great illustration of parent power and how dyslexia can be a Trojan Horse for transforming reading instruction for all children.