D.C. Schools Cutting Back On 'Read-Aloud'
More than 2,000 students in D.C. public and public charter schools with reading difficulties have questions and passages in the English Language Arts portion of the annual DC-CAS standardized test read to them. But federal and state officials have ordered D.C. schools to sharply reduce the number of "read-aloud" accommodations, contending they have been overused.
Under an agreement between the U.S. Department of Education and the D.C. Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE), the District must cut by half the number of read-loud arrangements before next month's DC-CAS exams. By 2010, it can be used "only for students with particularly severe dyslexia or other decoding disabilities," according to a recent letter to parents from Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee.
Rhee said the accommodation "can hide the extent to which your child may be struggling to read. Therefore, changing the use of this accommodation will allow us to see more clearly the kind of help your child may need." Officials said they have reviewed the IEPs (Individualized Education Plans) of students with the accommodation to see who meets the more stringent criteria.
Federal law says that no changes in a student's IEP can be made before parents have a chance to meet with the team of educators that devised the plan. But DCPS is asking parents to waive that requirement.
Dwannal McGahee said his 13-year-old at LaSalle-Backus Educational Center does not have serious learning disabilities, but that DCPS is acting improperly and he plans to contest the decision.
"For DCPS to just remove that accommodation without testing the student to see if he still needs it is a violations of IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act). I have a problem with that."
Parents with questions after speaking with the teacher and the special ed coordinator can call 202-442-5400.
March 16, 2009; 12:51 PM ET
Categories: Bill Turque , Education
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