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PBIDA Annual Conference


Pennsylvania Branch of the IDA

38th Conference on

Literacy & Learning Disabilities


Date: Monday, October 10, 2016 (Columbus Day)

Time: 8:00 am - 3:15 pm

Location: St. Joseph's University, Philadelphia, PA

Maguire Campus (City Line Avenue)

                           Keynote Address 9:15 AM TO 10:45 AM

                              Reading Comprehension is More Than a Test Score:
                        Implications for Assessment and Intervention


Hugh Catts, Ph.D.

Considerable state and federal funding has been directed toward improving reading comprehension. Despite this effort, many children continue to perform below grade level in reading. The primary reason for this poor performance is that educators and researchers view reading comprehension as a single ability that can be changed with general instruction. A model will be presented that shows that reading comprehension is quite variable and involves the interaction of reader, text, and task elements. Research supporting this model will be presented and the implications for assessment and instruction will be discussed.

Dr. Catts is Professor and Director of the School of Communication Science and Disorders at Florida State University. He spent much of his career as a professor and researcher at the University of Kansas. He has taught courses in language science and literacy development and disabilities.  His research interests include the early identification and prevention of reading disabilities. He is a past board member of the International Dyslexia Association and past board member and president of the Society for the Scientific    Study of Reading.  He has received the Samuel T. Orton Award from the International Dyslexia Association and the Honors of the Association, from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association for his career contributions in each of these disciplines.