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by Rod Everson
Fri Apr 05, 2013 5:53 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Atlanta test cheating: Tip of the iceberg?
Replies: 9
Views: 5420

Re: Atlanta test cheating: Tip of the iceberg?

Jim, I'd prefer an article with a few more facts and a lot less opinion. For example, Finland does have private schools, primarily religious ones, I believe. Also, Finland has essentially smaller, localized, schools, with the larger ones being on the order of our small rural school here in Wisconsin...
by Rod Everson
Wed Apr 03, 2013 5:56 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Atlanta test cheating: Tip of the iceberg?
Replies: 9
Views: 5420

Re: Atlanta test cheating: Tip of the iceberg?

In Finland they replaced parental choice and competition with equity and shared responsibility and going by the international test scores since 2000 this new system has worked remarkably well. You post a lot of articles, Jim. Could you provide one that covers your statement about replacing parental...
by Rod Everson
Wed Apr 03, 2013 4:22 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Atlanta test cheating: Tip of the iceberg?
Replies: 9
Views: 5420

Re: Atlanta test cheating: Tip of the iceberg?

Hi Yvonne, What I meant by "you get what you pay for" is that wherever you focus the rewards in a system, you will also focus the performance emphasis. If you want great test scores, and reward them, you'll get them, but you won't necessarily get better underlying results. In Atlanta's case, they ju...
by Rod Everson
Tue Apr 02, 2013 10:00 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Atlanta test cheating: Tip of the iceberg?
Replies: 9
Views: 5420

Re: Atlanta test cheating: Tip of the iceberg?

You get what you pay for. If you pay for higher test scores, you'll get higher test scores. It's really that simple. This is why parents should have the right to enroll their children in any school they wish, regardless of the location of their residence. Drop all the test requirements, all the curr...
by Rod Everson
Tue Apr 02, 2013 9:41 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Paper reviewing evidence-based practice for dyslexia
Replies: 17
Views: 10066

Re: Paper reviewing evidence-based practice for dyslexia

I get the impression that differences of opinion about what causes visual problems have resulted in their essentially being marginalised by mainstream optometry, so the small proportion of children who have them are being overlooked by high opticians when having eye tests. elsie You're absolutely c...
by Rod Everson
Tue Apr 02, 2013 5:48 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Vision Therapy in a Public School
Replies: 0
Views: 3504

Vision Therapy in a Public School

With apologies, I've removed this post. It was a bit premature, as I'm still on the school board until near the end of April and I long ago decided to not discuss the program in forums so long as I remained on the board. Eventually, I'll post the relevant information on my site for those who are int...
by Rod Everson
Tue Apr 02, 2013 4:55 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Paper reviewing evidence-based practice for dyslexia
Replies: 17
Views: 10066

Re: Paper reviewing evidence-based practice for dyslexia

Rod - have you been in touch with Professor John Stein, here in Oxford? Hi Geraldine, No, I haven't ever contacted him, although years ago I did try to understand his particular theories on vision issues. It gets into pretty deep waters unless you have a decent medical/biology background. He digs i...
by Rod Everson
Tue Apr 02, 2013 4:23 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Paper reviewing evidence-based practice for dyslexia
Replies: 17
Views: 10066

Re: Paper reviewing evidence-based practice for dyslexia

What would we need to do to test for vision in a way that would reveal children's vision problems? We are listening, but we need you to suggest what needs to happen. How would we link this to school policy? Sadly, we don't have the expertise regarding 'vision' per se (it's not our 'field'), but I h...
by Rod Everson
Mon Apr 01, 2013 4:56 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Paper reviewing evidence-based practice for dyslexia
Replies: 17
Views: 10066

Re: Paper reviewing evidence-based practice for dyslexia

Rod - there are many, many primary schools in England where all children learn to read -prep schools, and village schools in prosperous areas particularly, but also inner city schools. Are you saying that eye problems mainly affect poorer children? Like Jim, it's the language deficit that seems to ...
by Rod Everson
Mon Apr 01, 2013 4:04 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Paper reviewing evidence-based practice for dyslexia
Replies: 17
Views: 10066

Re: Paper reviewing evidence-based practice for dyslexia

Research points to the vast majority of reading problems having a language base and this also has been my own experience but I do think that we overlook the visual aspect at our peril. I know that many struggling readers have difficulties with language such as poor rhyming ability, RAN, early speec...
by Rod Everson
Sun Mar 31, 2013 6:54 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Paper reviewing evidence-based practice for dyslexia
Replies: 17
Views: 10066

Re: Paper reviewing evidence-based practice for dyslexia

While this is an older thread, one that I missed, I've a couple of comments. First, Susan, I don't see how "Does dyslexia exist?" is relevant here. The article addressed kids who failed to read/spell adequately after initial instruction and a Wave 2 of more targeted instruction using primarily the s...
by Rod Everson
Thu Mar 28, 2013 4:34 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: 'Perceptual reading'
Replies: 51
Views: 28540

Re: 'Perceptual reading'

While I've never heard of Mr. Carron before reading this thread, it's fairly clear to me that he's wary of being included in either the whole-word or the phonics-first camps, and is seeking instead to disassociate himself from either in the interest of producing a product that should appeal to both ...
by Rod Everson
Thu Mar 28, 2013 12:06 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: 'Perceptual reading'
Replies: 51
Views: 28540

Re: 'Perceptual reading'

I don't know if national statistics bear out the theory of a golden age of learning to read in the 1950s & 60s. To be honest, I don't know whether that was true or not. Not a "golden age," exactly, but did all kids learn to read? I tend to doubt it, since "dyslexia" has a long history, so I also te...
by Rod Everson
Tue Mar 26, 2013 4:55 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: 'Perceptual reading'
Replies: 51
Views: 28540

Re: 'Perceptual reading'

Unfortunately we employ a different model here in the UK. Our Special Needs figures start off low and by the time we get to the end of primary they have rocketed. There is a tendency here to believe that many problems are developmental and that children will just grow out of them. This is seldom th...
by Rod Everson
Tue Mar 26, 2013 3:41 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: 'Perceptual reading'
Replies: 51
Views: 28540

Re: 'Perceptual reading'

It's a challenging thought. I get my kids' vision checked regularly, and mine so theoretically my children would never have fallen into the undetected vision problem camp. But does every optician test for the things that could make learning to read harder? I haven't a clue what my children have, an...