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ERIC Number: ED022631
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Apr-25
Pages: 18
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Reappraising the Criteria for Interpreting Informal Inventories.
Powell, William R.
The widely accepted 95 percent word recognition criterion used for designating the instructional reading level is re-evaluated. A survey of the original study of Betts and Killgallon indicated (1) that the 95 percent word recognition criterion was based on a 41-case sample at the fourth-grade level, (2) that repetition errors occurred most frequently and were counted as scoreable errors, and (3) that the child read the paragraph silently first, then orally. A sample of 178 average-achieving pupils in grades 1 to 6 was drawn. The highest reading level with a comprehension score nearest the 70 percent cutoff level was determined for each subject. The lowest percent of word recognition accuracy within the limits set by the comprehension score (70 percent) was recorded. Mean scores were computed for each grade level and in various combinations. The data indicated that pupils in grades 1 and 2 could tolerate on the average an 85 percent word recognition score and still maintain 70 percent comprehension. Pupils in grades 3 through 6 could tolerate on the average 91 to 94 percent word recognition score. It is suggested that the currently used informal inventories be viewed more as a methodology with guidelines rather than as a test instrument. A table and references are included. (CM)
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Note: Paper presented at International Reading Association Conference, Boston, Mass., April 24-27, 1968.