ERIC Number: ED249481
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Nov
Reference Count: 0
A Comparison of Three Reading Tests for Determining Reading Grade Level of Navy Recruits.
Jones, Paul L.; Armitage, Bonnie J.
Having implemented a testing procedure using the Gates-MacGinitie Reading Tests to identify recruits with reading deficiencies, the United States Navy conducted a study comparing the performance of recruits on three different reading tests. A total of 716 recruits completed the comprehension portion of the Gates-MacGinitie Reading Tests, the Tests of Adult Basic Education (TABE), and the Nelson-Denny Reading Tests. The results of the tests showed that the mean scores for the Gates-MacGinitie and the TABE, 11.04 and 10.32 respectively, were significantly different from the 9.65 mean score for the Nelson-Denny. The Nelson-Denny Reading Tests yielded a wider range of variability among the scores of the individual respondents as reflected by the standard deviation than did the Gates-MacGinitie Reading Tests or the TABE. Thus, the Nelson-Denny Tests did not appear to have any advantage over the reading tests currently being used by the Navy to measure recruit reading grade level. The Gates-MacGinitie Reading Tests have a number of test levels designed for particular grade levels, which the TABE does not have. The data suggest that the Gates-MacGinitie Reading Tests are best suited for the Navy's program. (HTH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Gates MacGinitie Reading Tests; Navy; Nelson Denny Reading Tests; Tests of Adult Basic Education
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, November 14-16, 1984).