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ERIC Number: ED049005
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Dec
Pages: 12
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A Comparison of Reading Ability of Junior College Students with the Readability Levels of Assigned Texts.
McClellan, Dorinda Ann
Efforts of a junior-college staff to provide materials which students in college transfer, terminal, or noncredit programs can read are described. Since the community college has an open enrollment plan, the needs in this regard are widely varied. In order to meet those needs, a study was made of the 358 students in the college's initial enrollment population. The Nelson-Denny Reading Test was administered in order to determine reading levels and abilities. About 30 percent of the students were reading at or above grade level, around 33 percent were reading slightly below grade level, and around 36 percent were reading considerably below grade level. The Dale Chall readability formula was applied to texts to determine levels of reading ability needed to understand these materials. Considerable discrepancies were noted between the two, since nearly half of the texts required grade level reading ability or better and none was suitable for the poorest readers. It was suggested that efforts be made to match students with texts they can understand and to guide students into appropriate courses. Recommendations for improving the program and for encouraging publishers to produce more readable materials were made. Tables of textbook readability levels and references are included. (MS)
Twentieth Yearbook of the National Reading Conference, Inc., Marquette University, 1217 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee, Wis. 53233 (In press)
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Note: Paper presented at the National Reading Conference, St. Petersburg, Fla., Dec. 3-5, 1970