Thursday, April 14, 2011

Third Grade DIBELS

Three weeks ago, the District was notified by the State Board of Education that the Legislature had found an old law requiring a reading test be given to third graders at the end of the year.  Originally, the IOWA Test of Basic Skills was used.  When the funding ran out, the testing stopped.  Now the legislators want the testing done during the CRT window without providing any money, another unfunded mandate. The Legislature directed the State Board of Education to decide which test would be used.  Due to the lack of time and money, the State Board decided on DIBELS. 

Third grade teachers should have been told they do not have to administer the SRI. Also, teachers administer and report words per minute and errors.  Literacy coaches will be entering the data.

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