Wednesday, November 15, 2023

"The solution to poor reading scores is not simply better instruction"- Emily Hanford (Part 1)


Here are some Tweets of Emily Hanford, Jani Wright and me on 15.11.23 (Part 1)

Emily Hanford @ehanford

"The solution to poor reading scores is not simply better instruction, it is also better assessment—an assessment that is matched more closely to what is taught in the classroom." - Hugh Catts    

I then tweeted:

You continue barking up the wrong tree. Since 2017 I have told you that the problem is in decoding. Check the kids who fail the assessment and you will find that it has nothing to do with understanding but an inability to decode. You can't be that naïve can you?

Then came in one SoR advocate with the following tweet:

Jani Wright @thewrightjungle

Not exactly true. I'm a teacher assessing & providing intervention.  Last year, my team assessed decoding K-12. Many kids with low reading scores can decode but have gaps in vocabulary, knowledge, and fluency. Many students do have trouble decoding, but not all & mostly only in K-3.

Note: There is some truth in what this teacher is saying and it agrees with what I have been writing for more than a decade. But, for now, I have asked a few questions and let us see how she responds, if at all.

Luqman Michel @luqmanmichel

Let us start with an easy question.

Why do many students have trouble decoding?

Are you saying that after so many years of teaching, you do not know why kids are unable to decode?

Are you saying that Emily Hanford who is claimed to be a literacy expert does not have an answer? What kind of literacy expert (Emily) is still looking for an answer to a question that I asked her in 2017?

Luqman Michel @luqmanmichel

Let us assume for a moment that you, Jani Wright, know what you are talking about.

Why do you have students who are unable to decode in grade 3 and in grade 12?

To be continued…

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