Standardized measures of reading achievement for placement of students in chapter 1 and learning disability programs: A nationwide survey of assessment practices
Reading Research and Instruction
The authors present results of a nationwide survey to determine measures being used to diagnose reading difficulties and place students in learning disability or Chapter 1 classes. State directors of special education and coordinators of Chapter 1 services were surveyed to determine their state's testing and placement procedures. Percentage of return of the survey was high (85%). Findings reveal important information (a) that states generally require standardized tests to be used, though they usually do not mandate which specific tests must be used, (b) that there are five standardized reading tests used most often for placement in Chapter 1 and learning disability programs based on reading difficulties, and (c) wide discrepancies exist in criteria for placement in programs from state to state and across tests. Findings suggest that calls for change in assessment and placement practices have largely been ignored and implications suggest a need for reform. © 1990 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.
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Steele, Jeannie L. and Meredith, Kurt, "Standardized measures of reading achievement for placement of students in chapter 1 and learning disability programs: A nationwide survey of assessment practices" (1990). Faculty Publications. 4619.