Reading Fast: Is that our goal?

     As I watch Kinder Kids learn to read I am stuck with the pride they take in their achievements.  They are eager to learn a new sound and carefully work at adding “invented spelling” words to their art work.  As they learn, they do not race to finish first.  They work at their pace.  Why do we think it is necessary to rush them through an assessment?

 

I have recently finished reading a critique of DIBELS that focuses on the issue of speed vs. accuracy, noting the pressure timed tests put on learners, especially such young learners.  I am eager to know what the justification is for timed reading tests from teachers, parents, testers.  Does anyone ask the children being tested?

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