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First Grade Reading Test (End of Year)This story is from Reading Mastery II Fast Cycle Lesson 170, the last lesson in the Direct Instruction first grade reading curriculum. By the end of first grade, the average child should be able to read this story. If that child were in the Fast Cycle Curriculum he would definitely have mastered the skills necessary to read this story. This is a fact which has been validated through extensive research and field tested on thousands of students. For below average students (and I'm talking 20th percentile and below), they should be able to read this passage by the end of second grade at the latest. If your child is not able to read this story there is only one conclusion to draw: he was not taught how to read properly. He’s not “learning disabled,” stupid, a different learner, or whatever other excuse the schools are using today. It’s not his fault; it’s the school’s fault. They selected a rotten reading curriculum and failed to teach effectively. So if you’re looking for someone to blame, now you know.
Since this is Kitchen table Math I feel compelled to tie in math to this post. The difference between the reading level of this passage and your child's reading level is a measure of your school's incompetence in teaching reading. The difference is the penalty you are paying for allowing your school to use a substandard instructional program. -- KDeRosa - 15 Dec 2005 KtmGuest (password: guest) when prompted.
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It's a good thing to take the definition and calibration of results and expectations out of the hands of those producing (or not) the results. Our state's testing is selected and calibrated by the public school hierarchy. Our public schools are rated as "High Performing". The schools use MathLand followed by CMP. -- SteveH - 15 Dec 2005
Speaking of ktm being about math, I was thinking about talking to Carolyn about a name change. I'm obviously going to have to be figuring out writing (did I mention that the principal actually told us that the 7th and 8th grade writing instruction is worse?) We may have to call it Kitchen Table Everything. -- CatherineJohnson - 15 Dec 2005 Back to: Main Page.