"A child's learning is the function more of the characteristics of his classmates than those of the teacher." James Coleman, 1972

. . .a pupil attitude factor, which appears to have a stronger relationship to achievement than do all the “school” factors together, is the extent to which an individual feels that he has some control over his own destiny. James Coleman, 1966

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Putting DIBELS in the Dustbin of Junk Science

If common sense could not bring a halt to the Good/Kaminski snake oil treatment of DIBELS, maybe real empirical research will. A clip from Science Daily:
ScienceDaily (Nov. 25, 2007) — Screening tests widely used to identify children with reading problems are being misapplied, landing students in the wrong instructional level and delaying treatment for their true difficulties, says new research from National-Louis University and the University of Maryland. . . .

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