This site, sponsored by the Vermont Society for the Study of Education (VSSE), offers information and opinion about DIBELS.
style="font-size:85%;">The Test Puts Children In Their Place--And They Know ItOutrages
And so the sorting begins, as does the training of children to accept the place they are assigned.
Boston Grandpa: Honey, how is first grade?
Child: I don't know yet. My teacher hasn't corrected my DIBELS test--to see which group I belong in.
Comment: Here's the premise: The kindergartner takes this test and then everybody will know if he'll pass the federally-imposed, high stakes third grade reading test. This is being marketing as assessing the vital signs of students' reading health. Heretofore, vital signs referred to the pulse rate, temperature, and respiratory rate of an individual. Now, by corporate-politico mandate, it means how fast a five-year-old child can decipher such stuff as
hoj rij ad bol em
buv haj en wof loj
tuc rul vab fum han
hol mun yud dav dub
National Clout of DIBELS Test Draws Scrutiny: Critics say reading tool's scope fails to justify its broad use.
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