In the aftermath of ‘Sold A Story,’ let’s also look at ways schools are failing students in comprehension and in writing.
Many teachers and parents are understandably concerned about reading comprehension. The one thing I can say with certainty is that if a student does not have excellent word reading skills which means for any given passage, 95 percent or more of the words are accurately read, then comprehension will be seriously impaired.
Continue reading “Is your school putting the reading cart before the horse?”
Although homeschooling was never in my plan, when I confronted the reality of how my son’s public school was failing its dyslexic students, I was clear that was going to be the best choice.
Garrett has never gone through a full neuropsychological evaluation. My main concern was why he was having so many difficulties with reading and spelling. Even though his teacher and the school said he was reading at grade level, frankly, I didn’t believe them. I also wasn’t willing to wait-and-see what happened. Research shows
Continue reading “The Next Chapter: How Barton Helped My Dyslexic Son Go Back to School”
The independent educational plan (IEP) song-and-dance creates the impression that important activity is occurring for students, even though the reality is that very little is accomplished.
Parents must learn how to turn that around by understanding their rights and drawing clear boundaries to limit and focus what the school does.
Continue reading “The IEP Song and Dance (part 1)”
“There is a huge amount of denial that has to be overcome before anything changes. I experienced it myself. No one wants to admit to themselves that we aren’t helping our children.” Parent of a 5th grade FCPS student and RWSR client
Continue reading “FCPS Curriculum Casualties”
It’s important to keep in mind that if your child attends a Fairfax County Public School, the Development Reading Assessment (DRA) is used to measure reading progress. A child may be “reading” at grade level and still show many of these warning signs (read more about my son’s example). Many teachers are not familiar with dyslexia and have not received training in identifying students with this different brain wiring.
Does your child have 3 or more of the following warning signs?
Continue reading “Warning Signs of Dyslexia”
Testimony to FCPS Advisory Committee for Students with Disabilities, given Wednesday May 13, 2015 at 7:30pm.
My name is Kimberly Downey and my narrative describes why I decided to remove my dyslexic son from the FCPS system at the end of 2nd grade and homeschool him.
Continue reading “Why I pulled my dyslexic son out of Fairfax County Public Schools”