In Defense of the Truth: A Reply to 57 Reading Voices on the Issue of Dyslexia, by Dr. Dykstra

Dyslexia is real and relevant.  Thanks to Steven P. Dykstra, PhD for providing the following guidance to the Decoding Dyslexia State Chapters.Decoding Dyslexia CA

You may or may not be aware of a letter from 57 backers of balanced literacy sent to officials of the Public Broadcasting System, taking issue with the way PBS covered “What Parents of Dyslexic Children are Teaching Schools about Literacy”.  The letter is now in wide distribution and is being promoted by Reading Recovery as well as the ILA and its state organizations.  If it hasn’t come to your state or been sent to your legislators, it will be.  

Attached you will find a well-written, point-by-point response from Dr. Steven P. Dykstra, including the letter to PBS and other documents.  Please share this widely so we can dispel some of the erroneous information surrounding dyslexia that is being circulated.

Dynamic Measurement Group Releases Two New Assessment Tools

There is exciting news from DMG (Dynamic Measurement Group), the authors of DIBELS Next. DMG has announced the 2018 release of two new measures that are included within their suite of universal screening assessments.

If your school or district uses DIBELS Next for universal screening, you can now include a Rapid Automatized Naming (RAN) and Spelling task to your K-1stgrade screening protocols.

DIBELS Next has added these two additional measures for users who subscribe to the DIBELS Next database called DIBELSnet.  Find more details at DIBELS Next.  (Note: the database service costs $1 per student and produces detailed reports needed to examine student need and make instructional decisions.)

For more information on best practices for universal screening for students at risk for reading difficulties (including dyslexia), visit DDCA’s Universal Screening module under Educator Resources.

Download a helpful infographic on Universal Screening
for Children at Risk for Dyslexia
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