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News from November 2013

New Zealand scholars to present evidence of national literacy initiative’s failure
November 8, 2013

William Tunmer and Jane Prochnow of Massey University in New Zealand will summarize arguments and evidence showing that New Zealand's national literacy strategy has failed and the role of the Reading Recovery program in that failure.

Tunmer and Prochnow will present "Has Reading Recovery Worked? A Case Study of New Zealand’s National Literacy Strategy" from 3 to 5 p.m. on November 19 in the Dean's Conference Room (SZB 238). To RSVP and receive presentation materials, send an e-mail with "Reading Recovery" in the subject line to

Tunmer and Prochnow will discuss data from the Progress in International Reading Literacy Studies (2001, 2006, 2011) that indicate that no progress has been made in reducing New Zealand's relatively large inequities in literacy achievement outcomes. According to the scholars, an examination of annual monitoring reports of Reading Recovery data over the past decade reveals that the nationally implemented program has been of marginal benefit in general and of virtually no benefit to struggling readers most at risk of failing to learn to read. Tunmer and Prochnow also will briefly consider factors contributing to the failure of New Zealand's national literacy strategy and what can be done to overcome the problem.

New paper synthesizes findings from 23 studies on mathematics learning disabilities
November 4, 2013

Former MCPER researcher Mikyung Shin and Mathematics Institute Director Diane Bryant have co-authored a paper to be published in the Journal of Learning Disabilities. "A Synthesis of Mathematical and Cognitive Performances of Students With Mathematics Learning Disabilities" synthesizes the findings from 23 articles that compared the mathematical and cognitive performances of students with mathematics learning disabilities (LD) to (a) students with LD in mathematics and reading, (b) age- or grade-matched students with no LD, and (c) mathematical-ability-matched younger students with no LD. The study has been published online ahead of the upcoming print version. 

Tags: Mathematics and Science Institute for Students With Special Needs 

Diane Bryant to present at National Council of Teachers of Mathematics regional conference
November 4, 2013

Mathematics Institute Director Diane Bryant has been invited to speak at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics 2013 regional conference from November 6 to 8 in Louisville, Kentucky. Bryant will present "RtI: Tier II Intervention Lessons for Elementary Students." For more information, visit the conference website.

Tags: Mathematics and Science Institute for Students With Special Needs  Tier II Supplemental Mathematics Intervention: Grades 3 and 4