Kentucky on the far edge for reading its “reading tests” to learning disabled students

Education Week reports the nationwide fight continues hot and heavy about whether or not the Common Core State Standards testing consortia should allow their “reading tests” to be read to learning disabled students. A map included with the EdWeek report, makes it clear that Kentucky currently stands out with the very loosest policies on allowing…

Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for Colleges and Careers runs headlong into the Kentucky reading assessment problem

Education Week reports that Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for Colleges and Careers, (PARCC), of which Kentucky is a partner, is running into significant controversy about how its pending nationwide Common Core State Standards assessments will deal with students who have learning disabilities. The fight has already played out on Kentucky’s own state assessments, including…

To read, or not (Part 3)

In the first two parts of this blog, I outlined compelling evidence about the extensive and probably excessive use of readers for Kentucky’s students with learning disabilities. These kids even get readers on the state’s reading assessments. That prevents education leaders and the public from knowing if any real effort is being expended to teach…

To read, or not (Part 1)

Sunday Special Lead Article Too many Kentucky schools may be expending little, if any, effort to teach children with learning disabilities to read. At the same time, highly questionable testing practices provide an inflated picture of the true reading performance of students across the commonwealth. And, many Kentucky teachers are expending a tremendous amount of…

Some educators still don’t get it about reading kids Kentucky’s reading tests

A front page article, “New test system criteria presented,” from the Fulton Leader (subscription) says the Fulton Independent School District’s school board heard about changes in Kentucky’s new assessment program on December 13, 2011. One topic was the new change to the rules for Kentucky’s state reading assessments. The newspaper reports: “Students with Individual Education…