ERIC Number: ED200923
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Readability Levels of the 1979 Open Court Basals and Their Comparison with the 1976 Edition.
The Fry Readability Formula was used to investigate the readability levels of stories contained in basal readers of the 1979 edition of the "Open Court" series for grades one through six. The average readability levels of the stories were then compared to those found in the 1976 edition of the same series. The purposes of the study were to determine whether there were variations within and between the basals in the 1979 edition and between the 1979 and 1976 editions. The results showed that the readability levels for stories in the primary grade basal readers were consistently above the publisher grade designations. The comparison of the 1976 and 1979 editions revealed that the publisher did not change the stories in the primary grade books or lower their difficulty levels. It appeared, however, that the publisher did make some effort to lower the readability levels of the middle grade books. (FL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Open Court Readers
Note: M. A. Thesis, Kean College of New Jersey.