Published Online: October 18, 2005
Published in Print: October 19, 2005, as A Reading Coincidence, Or Conflicts of Interest?


A Reading Coincidence, Or Conflicts of Interest?

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To the Editor:

Your Sept. 28, 2005, article ("National Clout of DIBELS Test Draws Scrutiny," Sept. 28, 2005) contains a telling quote from one of the tests’ inventors.

You report that Roland H. Good III said, “It is not a coincidence … that the structure of our work corresponds so closely to Reading First and the National Reading Panel report.” Indeed it is not. The same people who were on the NRP are also on the committees that approve Reading First applications, and are also all University of Oregon colleagues. Coincidence? No. Conflicts of interest? Absolutely.

Susan Harman
Oakland, Calif.

Vol. 25, Issue 08, Page 35

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