Dr. Andy Johnson discusses various issues around the reading wars: An interview conducted by Dr. Sam Bommarito

Dr. Andy Johnson discusses various issues around the reading wars: An interview conducted by Dr. Sam Bommarito

In this interview, Dr. Andy Johnson talks about various issues dealing with the reading wars. He focuses on dispelling misinformation and myths, which are currently being presented by the folks supporting the social media version of the science of reading. In addition, he tells us about his newest reading book- Designing Meaning-Based Interventions for Struggling Readers. That book is a treasure trove of information and practical ideas for teachers working with those readers. Here is Dr. Johnson’s biography LINK:

Here is a link to the YouTube interview:

Dr. Andy Johnson’s YouTube Channel LINK.

Dr. Andy Johnson’s Reading Instruction Show LINK.

Dr.  Andy Johnson’s Newest Reading Book LINK

Dr. Andy Johnson Twitter – @axe_andrew

Link to Dr. Johnson’s next webinar LINK.

Final Thoughts About This Interview.

Dr. Johnson has long been an advocate of using research, all the research, to inform us on the best ways to teach reading. There has been a growing tide of voices like Dr. Johnson’s, voices that are pushing back on the misdirection and misinformation given by the social media version of SOR. In addition to attending Dr. Johnson’s webinar, also have a look at the upcoming webinar by P.D. Pearson Fact-Checking the “Science of Reading”: Claims, Assumptions, and Consequences LINK. I’ll also be sharing Richard Allenton’s ideas around that same subject. Be on the lookout for what I say about Allenton’s article published in the Tennessee Reading Journal. In sum, it’s time to try something new. That something new is using ideas from all sides to create a Reading Evolution LINK.

Happy Reading and Writing.

Dr. Sam Bommarito (aka, the guy in the middle taking flak from all sides)

Copyright 2023 by Dr. Sam Bommarito. Views/interpretations expressed here are solely this author’s and do not necessarily reflect the views of any other person or organization.

3 thoughts on “Dr. Andy Johnson discusses various issues around the reading wars: An interview conducted by Dr. Sam Bommarito

  1. M.E.Allen

    You know. . . . I’m pretty suspicious of anyone who implies it’s “normal” for 50% of readers to be below the mean because that’s the scientific bell curve. That feels like they are saying some kids just won’t succeed. I don’t know if that was Dr. Johnson’s intent but that’s how it comes across. Additionally, as a HS reading interventionist, I’m also going to go out on a limb and say that there is a literacy crisis in many schools/districts across the country. I know it’s not “scientific” but our student outputs suggest we have some serious issues to address. The quest to quantify every last thing in education has gotten in the way of providing the supports our kids need.

    1. doctorsam7 Post author

      Readers- please look up Criterian Reference Tests vs Norm-Referenced test. Norm reference tests ALWAYS have 1/2 above and 1/2 below.

    2. doctorsam7 Post author

      Look up the difference between a Norm Reference Test (WHICH BY DEFINITION ALWAYS USES A BELL CURVE) and a Criteria Referenced Tests. Norm tests reference ALWAYS have 1/2 above and 1/2 below. That is inherent it their design. There is nothing suspicious about it. BTW some SOR folks try to use results from that kind of test to “prove” things are bad. That is a spurious argument. Great for Public Relations, not so great for actual science. So IF and ONLY IF your state uses norm referenced tests there will ALWAYS be 1/2 about and 1/2 below. BTW that is why some prefer using CRT tests instead. The key in those is what are the criterian and do they really relate to reading.


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