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ERIC Number: ED034963
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Sep
Pages: 67
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The Development of Informal Tests of Reading and the Analysis of the Reading Performance of Adults Attending Basic Education Classes. Final Report.
Leibert, Robert E.
This project developed an informal reading test from adult basic education teaching materials and investigated reading performance at six levels among adults attending basic education classes. Graded word lists, readiness oral reading passages, and graded oral reading passages were administered to 37 adults. The six most discriminating word lists were identified, along with six pairs of adult interest reading passages having similar readability levels and producing similar error scores. The work identification test, the warm-up passage, and a form of the informal oral reading test were then given to 56 adults. (The first two instruments helped determine the difficulty level at which testing could begin.) Substitutions, examiner help, and added or omitted word endings were the most prevalent errors. Poor readers required more words pronounced than better readers. Reading speeds of better readers began to decline by the seventh level while error rates and comprehension remained steady. Comprehension remained fairly consistent for all levels of readers. The average adult answered three out of five factual questions correctly. (author/ly)
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Authoring Institution: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.