Thursday, March 6, 2014

IES Issues Survey of Research on Reading Disabilities

English: National Center for Education Statist...
English: National Center for Education Statistics logo. (2010, U.S. Department of Education. Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistic). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Are you interested in the body of research on children with reading disabilities?  If so, you should read the study released last month by the National Center for Special Education Research, Institute of Education Sciences concerning this body of research.

The study reviews four areas:  Assessment: What have we learned about effective identification and assessment of students who have or are at risk for reading difficulties or disabilities?; Basic Cognitive and Linguistic Processes: What are the basic cognitive and linguistic processes that support successful reading and how can these skills be improved for students who have or who are at risk for reading disabilities?; Intervention: How do we make reading instruction more effective for students who have or are at risk for developing reading disabilities? How do we teach reading to students with low incidence disabilities?; and Professional Development: How do we bring research-based instructional practices to the classroom?  

This report summarizes a lot of information and it is an excellent resource.  You can review the entire 108 page study here. A brief summary of the report may be reviewed on the always good Policy Insider Blog of the Council for Exceptional Children.

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