ERIC Number: ED059010
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
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Grade Levels and Test Scores: What Do They Mean? Number 2.
The idea that some definite designation of a child's reading ability can be gained from a grade level or percentile score on a standardized test is rejected in favor of the idea that such a score is only an estimate of ability. Informal tests in which children read from passages varying in difficulty can give much helpful information to teachers. Variations in test scores, whether formal or informal, may be due to many factors in the child, in the test, or in the procedure used to norm the test. The important thing for parents to know is that reading level scores are merely estimates and are valuable for helping guide instruction, not for labeling children. This brochure is one of a series commissioned by the National Reading Center to help inform all citizens about reading issues and to promote national functional literacy. (MS)
Descriptors: Parent Counseling, Parent Role, Reading Ability, Reading Diagnosis, Reading Level, Reading Tests, Test Interpretation
National Reading Center, 1776 Massachusetts Ave., N.W., Washington, D. C. 20036 (free)
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Authoring Institution: National Reading Center Foundation, Washington, DC.