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ERIC Number: ED050902
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Apr
Pages: 13
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A Comparison of the Reading Abilities of a Junior College Population and the Readability Levels of their Texts.
Hagstrom, Jon M.
The differences between the reading abilities of 359 community-college students in selected classes and the readability difficulty of the texts used in those classes were examined. The Diagnostic Reading Test, Form A was administered to the subjects, and results showed that 35.9 percent of the population read at or above grade level 13; 33.5 percent read at grade levels 10, 11, or 12; 19.1 percent read at junior-high level; and 11.4 percent read below grade level 7. Thus, almost two-thirds of the subjects were reading below grade level. The texts used in the 16 classes were analyzed according to the Dale-Chall formula, and 14 of the 29 texts were more than one grade level above the reading ability of the students who used them. Five of the texts were rated at grade level 16, or graduate level, and the classes in which they were used had average reading ability rated from grade levels 10.9 to 12.2. It was recommended that teachers give more attention to the readability levels of the texts they select and that publishers assist this effort by advertising the readability levels of specific texts and other materials. Tables and references are included. (VJ)
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Note: Paper presented at the meeting of the Western College Reading Association, Los Angeles, Cal., Apr. 1-3, 1971