Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Elementary School Topic: Diagnosis and Response

10-second review: In the past, specialists spent so much time diagnosing the problems of problem readers that nothing was done about them. The new model for reading difficulties, “Response to Intervention” (RTI) mandates quick response to the problems of problem readers.”

Title: “Response to Intervention (RTI): What Teachers of Reading Need to Know.” EM Mesmer and HAE Mesmer. Reading Teacher (December 2008), 280-290. A publication of the International Reading Association (IRA).

Summary: Terms in RTI, “Response to Intervention.”

Discrepancy Model”: Significant difference documented between a child’s ability (IQ) and achievement.

Intervention”: Instruction in addition to regular classroom program.

Level Data”: How students are performing in comparison to peers.

Slope Data”: How a student is learning across time in comparison to previous learning.

Student Progress Monitoring”: Quick weekly assessments to gauge students’ improvement.

Comment: Seems to provide tools to determine problem readers’ progress. Emphasizes action once discrepancy has been documented. Charts the action and progress. Sounds good, but it could produce more assessment than instruction like its model “No Child Left Behind (NCLB).” I’m waiting to see more details. RayS.

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