Reading difficulties are persistent
- The danger in developmental delay is assuming children will catch up.
- Assuming that students will 'catch up' over time with practice as usual is risky.
- The evidence indicates this is a low probability occurrence.
|Grade Identified as Dyslexic
||% Brought to Normal Classroom Level
|First 2 grades
|(cited in Foorman, et al., 1996; see References)
According to the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 1998 (see References):
- Proficient readers remain a minority.
- Problems are particularly severe for disadvantaged students (50% of 4th grade students whose parents graduated from college were proficient / advanced compared to only 10% of 4th graders whose parents did not finish high school).
- Lower income and minority students lose significantly greater literacy skills in the summer than students from higher income families.