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

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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