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.
A version of this article appeared in the October 19, 2005 edition of Education Week as A Reading Coincidence, Or Conflicts of Interest?