C's ACT PLAN scores came back. He's at the 96th percentile in reading, 79th in usage/mechanics.
C. taught himself to read in Kindergarten. One day we were meeting with his Kindergarten teacher, being told that he was at risk for dyslexia because his handwriting was so bad (true: bad handwriting is a flag); two weeks later he was reading. On his own.
By the end of the following summer he was years above grade level in reading comprehension, and he stayed there.* Never once was he assigned a book at his reading level, not until he went to Hogwarts. He's a sophomore now, reading The Scarlett Letter.
Too bad he didn't teach himself mechanics & usage.
Or handwriting. His handwriting is still lousy, in spite of my brief efforts to remediate his handwriting** before I had to devote full-time to reteaching math.
Speaking of math, he's at the 79th percentile on that.
Basically, he's at the top of the country in the subject he taught himself, 20 points lower in the subjects handled by his school.
He's got his own personal Achievement Gap.
So what do you think?
I need a workbook/textbook to start drilling usage & mechanics. For math, I'm thinking a daily dose of ALEKS.
Which reminds me: I have to finish up my ALEKS geometry course and then get back to Algebra 1, the course with 333 individual topics.
* Whether he would have stayed there without MegaWords, I can't say.
* Handwriting Now by Barbara Getty - terrific