[Pibe-division] Reading Rate Standards

Sheila Amato brltrans at verizon.net
Sun Jul 18 17:06:44 CDT 2010


Thank you, Mary Jo... it was quite the experience to speak before that large an audience about a topic that is so emotional. But I truly loved doing it. I do hope that we can collaborate on future ventures and adventures. Together, we can make beautiful things happen. 

Sheila


From: Hartle, Mary Jo 
Sent: Thursday, July 15, 2010 11:13 AM
To: Professionals in Blindness Education Division List 
Subject: Re: [Pibe-division] Reading Rate Standards


Hi Sheila,
    I just wanted to say that I enjoyed your presentation last week at the NFB convention.  I also congratulate you on your recent retirement.  I hope you have lots of fun plans for it and look forward to future collaborations with you.

Sincerely,
Mary Jo T. Hartle 


Mary Jo Thorpe-Hartle, MEd, NOMC

Director of Education 

NFB Jernigan Institute 






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From: pibe-division-bounces at nfbnet.org [mailto:pibe-division-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of Sheila Amato
Sent: Tuesday, June 29, 2010 5:31 PM
To: Professionals in Blindness Education Division List
Subject: Re: [Pibe-division] Reading Rate Standards


I just returned from Los Angeles California where I attended the finals for the Braille Challenge. Yep, I saw just that... fingers flying over braille and braillers. I was delighted and honored to walk with and chat with the top 60 finalists in North America... kids in grades 1-12 who represented 43 states and 4 Canadian provinces. 

One of the students from our Long Island Regional Braille Challenge took first place in her grade group, Sophomores!  My own student did admirably well for being the 5th grader in a combined 5th/6th grade grouping. He was proud that he tried his best and had fun. Whatever the outcome, it is still cool to be able to say that you are among the top 12 finalists. Guess that makes all of them winners. 

There are several youtube videos of regional competitions throughout the country, as well as several newspaper articles. If you want to learn more about this event, check out www.braillechallenge.org. 

Sheila




From: Dr. Denise M. Robinson 
Sent: Tuesday, June 29, 2010 4:01 PM
To: Professionals in Blindness Education Division List 
Subject: Re: [Pibe-division] Reading Rate Standards


      You are EXACTLY correct James. By 12th grade our kids need to be reading 250-300+ and they do if you expect it and teach to that degree.


             Denise 

      Denise M. Robinson, TVI, Ph.D. 
      Teacher of the Blind & Visually Impaired
      Yakima School District
      TechVision-Independent Contractor
      509-674-1853     deniserob at gmail.com


      --- On Tue, 6/29/10, James Konechne <JamesKonechne at BISM.org> wrote:


        From: James Konechne <JamesKonechne at BISM.org>
        Subject: Re: [Pibe-division] Reading Rate Standards
        To: "Professionals in Blindness Education Division List" <pibe-division at nfbnet.org>
        Date: Tuesday, June 29, 2010, 8:50 PM


        Hi everyone,

        I don't buy the whole 120 wpm as a standard for what a blind adult reads.  The average sighted college student reads at between 250 and 350 wpm.  Lots of factors go in to how fast a person reads, but if you set an expectation of a person reading at 120 wpm, that's what you'll get.  If you set it at 250 or 350wpm, then you'll probably get that.  You've got to set and keep high expectations; people live up to the expectations set for them.

        Anyway, that's my two cents worth. 

        James K 

        From: pibe-division-bounces at nfbnet.org [mailto:pibe-division-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of Mary Willows
        Sent: Friday, June 25, 2010 10:51 PM
        To: Professionals in Blindness Education Division List
        Subject: Re: [Pibe-division] Reading Rate Standards


        Hi Eric:

        This is a great question.  I spoke to Dr. Sharon Sacks at the California School for the Blind about this topic.  Apparently, there are no standards.  It is thought that adult fluency is 120 words per minute.  This would be a great research project. 



          ----- Original Message ----- 

          From: DrV 

          To: Professionals in Blindness Education Division List 

          Sent: Saturday, June 19, 2010 9:00 AM

          Subject: [Pibe-division] Reading Rate Standards



          Hi Everyone, 

          Many school districts assess the reading speed & accuracy of students at the beginning & end of their school year. How is reading fluency approached & assessed for blind/VI students? What benchmarks & assessment tools are educators using in the field? How often are reading rate assessments performed? Are therereading rate standards for blind/VI students?

          I would greatly appreciate your thoughts & input. 

          Sincerely, 

          Eric Vasiliauskas 


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