18 March 2008

Dyslexia in the News

I've just been reading this article which reports on some new government-funded research into children who did not achieve expected levels in SATS tests. The study by Hull University academics of 1,300 children said dyslexia was a major cause of failure with over half of those who did not achieve expected levels in SATS tests displayed all the signs of being dyslexic.

The research has led to calls for more specially-trained teachers in schools as well as better diagnosis. The study, commissioned by dyslexia charity

Campaigners say the research shows many such children are being let down by schools as they could overcome the reading disorder if they received a diagnosis and specialist teaching. They claim the reading disorder could affect as many as one in five children and that too often it is ignored in the classroom. The government is piloting a scheme using specially-trained dyslexia teachers, but says it will not roll it out nationally until it is sure the teachers make a difference.

So what should you do if you think your child may be dyslexic? The British Dyslexia Association has a number of factsheets that can help; Indications of Dyslexia and Getting Help for your Child.
Xtraordinary People, claims to be the first to firmly identify dyslexia as a major cause of underachievement in primary schools. It looked at seven and 11-year-olds who failed to reach expected levels of reading and writing in national tests.

1 comment:

John Hayes said...

I suspect the evaluation of those that did poorly to determine if they were dyslexic was as in depth as concluding they read poorly therefore they are dyslexic.

" dyslexia was a major cause of failure with over half of those who did not achieve expected levels in SATS tests displayed all the signs of being dyslexic."

Over half displayed ALL THE SIGNS OF BEING DYSLEXIC. Since when does ANY dyslexic dispay ALL THE SIGNS.

Sorry for yelling, but if you take a group of 100% diagnosed dyslexics and see what percentage of dyslexics display all the signs of dyslexia on a list and more than a few % show all the signs then there is either something wrong with the list or how that list is evaluated.

Garbage, Garbage, Garbage!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

When will people realize that fake or lousey data and conclusions don't help sell an idea in the long run.

I am responding to that all the signs statement. I am trying to come up with a way that what they said could true but I can't.

All the signs must infer a list of symptoms or problems. Normally these lists say if you have 3 or more symptoms then you may be dyslexic. That may indicate dyslexics having signs of dyslexia but I don't see how having some indications could be considered having ALL.

I looked at the article and that is a stand alone statement so I find it hard to credit that it is anything other than what it says.