ERIC Number: ED453511
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
A Message to Congress: Redefining Special Education.
Network News, p16-17 Spr 1997
This article sees Reading Recovery as a tool for systemic change that has the potential to reduce the number of children classified with learning disabilities. The article contends that as the United States Congress meets to revisit the "Individuals with Disabilities Education Act" (IDEA), it is imperative that they develop an awareness of critical educational research regarding successful early intervention practices, particularly Reading Recovery. It points out that in the author/educator's district, over a 5-year period, 175 first graders have successfully passed through Reading Recovery, but only 5 of these students have been referred to special education. The article argues that the goal of IDEA should be to stop the relentless referral of young children to special education because of reading failure when as many as 90% can be saved by strategic early intervention in the first grade through Reading Recovery. It notes that two reports have been released recently, one from the National Center for Learning Disabilities and another from the International Reading Association, which underscore the need for Congress to reconsider the way special education is implemented and children's needs are met. The paper calls for legislative support for research-based intervention, citing a speech by Kenneth Wilson, a Nobel Prize winner in physics, in which he described the effective school programs of the future--programs would include continuing professional development, reflective practice, quality control over the long run, successful scaling up, good marketing, and an acceptance of cost as a secondary issue to outcomes and achievement. (NKA)
Descriptors: Early Intervention, Elementary Secondary Education, Futures (of Society), Instructional Effectiveness, Learning Disabilities, Position Papers, Reading Instruction, Special Education, Student Needs
Reading Recovery Council of North America, Inc., 1929 Kenny Road, Suite 100, Columbus, OH 43210-1069. Tel: 614-292-7111. Web site: http://www.readingrecovery.org.
Publication Type: Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Reading Recovery Council of North America, Columbus, OH.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act