Wednesday, October 10, 2012

The Other Achievement Gap: Children With Learning Disabilities

By Nirvi Shah from On Special Education

Just in time for Learning Disabilities Awareness Month, a new report is out that discusses how to help more children with dyslexia become proficient readers.
Without these students—who combined with other students with learning disabilities make up about 5 percent of the school-age population—schools can't overcome the achievement gap, the report notes.

The report, commissioned by the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading and the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, offers a number of recommendations for policymakers and educators. They include: high expectations for all learners with accountability measures that indicate how individual students are doing; early-childhood programs that prepare children for reading and identify young children at risk of having reading problems; curricula, instructional practices and tools, and assessments that are science-based and accessible to all students; and teacher training and ongoing professional development that incorporate findings from neuroscience as well as best practices for how to teach reading.

Read more HERE.
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