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From: Sue_Dessert@scps.k12.fl.us
Date: Tue Mar 28 2000 - 09:35:42 EST

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    DRP is the result of 22 years of testing students and evaluating text. =
    For
    indepth info go to TASA (Touchstsone Applied Science Associates, Inc.) a=
    t
    800-800-2598 or <info@tasa.com> It is a great way to measure student an=
    d class
    growth in reading (especially for those of us in states that are evaluat=
    ing
    teachers on the progress of their students). It will also give teachers=
     an
    idea of what the student can "bear" in his/her instructional reading lev=
    el
    (comprehending at least 75-80% of text) to the student's independent rea=
    ding
    level (95% comprehension on own.)Teachers then can guide student's readi=
    ng plan
    and also determine what tetxtbooks to use in science, social studies, et=
    c. The
    major precept in reading is to present the students with insstructional =
    level
    text to promote growth. Follows the same theory as tennis- if you don't=
     play
    with someone better than you, then you won't improve. If you play with =
    someone
    who is world class while you are trying to learn (frustrational level) y=
    ou will
    just quit. A lot of our kids reach the frustration level and shut down =
    when
    there is little instructional scaffolding (read alouds, vocabulary intro=
    s,
    etc.) and they learn to loathe literature.

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