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Author: warrl Big funky green star, 20000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 5085  
Subject: OT for mazske Date: 1/5/2007 11:40 PM
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Regarding your literacy work - sort of...

A few days ago I saw on a TV show where a woman started a grade-school reading program (using dogs) because she was upset to learn that 40% of 4th-graders read below grade-level average.

If you encounter people with such concerns, which seems likely, could you please explain a few things to them:
* That pretty much by definition, over a population in the millions most of whom are at least somewhat literate, very close to 50% (as in, probably between 48% and 52%) will be below average in reading skill;
* That if we improved EVERY 4th-grader's reading skill by one grade level, the average would also move by one grade level and we'd still have very close to 50% reading below average.
* That this sort of thing would be covered in a very elementary class on statistical concepts, and people who don't understand it shouldn't be arguing using statistics.
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