Most-Clicked: Oral Tests Misdiagnose

Last week’s most-clicked ASCD SmartBrief story:

Children who have trouble reproducing words verbally don’t necessarily have trouble reading or recognizing words, according to a new study out of National-Louis University and the University of Maryland. The study recommends limiting the use of oral screening tests for student placement and using silent tasks to determine the actual reading ability of children with speech or language difficulties.

Lead researcher Diane German said it’s a “big wake-up call” when teachers and specialists switch to silent tasks and realize students’ true learning capability.