ERIC Number: ED228631
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Readability Levels of the 1981 Scott, Foresman and Co. Basal Texts and Their Comparison with the 1978 Edition.
Fry's Readability Graph was used to determine the readability levels of the 1981 Scott, Foresman and Co. basal textbook series for grades one through six. The readability levels were then compared to those established for the 1978 edition. In the 1981 edition, all stories were handscored. Poems, skill lessons, and plays were not examined in order to conform to the method used to analyze the 1978 edition. In scoring each story, the first 100 words, the middle 100 words, and the last 100 words were studied and analyzed. Results showed that aside from moderate intragrade level increases in difficulty, the readability levels of the 1981 edition were similar to those established in the 1978 edition. Analysis of each basal text revealed a wide variation of grade levels from story to story. Moreover, there was no linear progression of story difficulty within each textbook. Another deficiency was observed in the third grade texts. Their readability levels (4.1 and 4.0 respectively) indicated that the material might be too difficult for the average third grade student. (HOD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Dissertations/Theses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Fry Readability Formula; Scott Foresman Company
Note: M.A. Thesis, Kean College of New Jersey.