The Ministry of Education plans to optimize the assessment system for schoolchildren with violations of writing and reading, said Deputy Minister Viktor Basyuk. This was reported on October 20 by TASS.
“We plan to [work out the issue] to optimize the assessment system for students with writing and reading disorders. And the development of control measuring materials for such students is also a very important issue, because we cannot ignore the peculiarities of the development of these children here,”Basyuk said.
The deputy head of the department drew attention to the fact that the ministry also intends to work out the issue of providing assistance to such children online in the context of a pandemic.
Basyuk said that the Ministry of Education supported the proposal of the children's ombudsman in Moscow Olga Yaroslavskaya to conduct a widespread speech audit among children, but the initiative needs to be worked out. According to Yaroslavskaya, the audit could be carried out at the age of 3.5 and seven to track the dynamics. “In my opinion, this is a very interesting idea, it is really realizable, no additional resources are needed for this,” the deputy minister noted.
Specialists and scientists should be involved in this work, Basyuk believes, so that they determine the age groups when an audit is really needed. "Will we be able to obtain reliable information in three years, taking into account the fact that only the active formation of the child's speech is taking place?" - he stressed.
The II International Dyslexia and Other Learning Disabilities Awareness Week is taking place in Russia. In October, events are held around the world to draw the attention of professionals to learning difficulties and find effective ways to overcome them.
Earlier it was reported that due to the lack of a speech therapy support system, by the time they enter school, many children do not distinguish some sounds and, as a result, cannot master school disciplines well. About 56 percent of primary school students have some kind of speech impairment, which usually occurs in early childhood.