ERIC Number: ED112350
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: N/A
Functional Literacy: Basic Reading Performance. An Assessment of In-School 17-Year-Olds in 1974. Technical Summary.
Gadway, Charles; Wilson, H. A.
The functional literacy of various groups of 17-year-old students was assessed to discover whether the reading skills which are usually taught in the schools are adequate for functioning in everyday life. Eighty-six test exercises were classified according to the various formats of reading materials they represent and according to the types of behaviors they elicit. The highest expected level of performance was determined by the achievement level obtained by a group of superior readers on a standardized reading test. All groups performed highest on drawings, pictures, signs, and labels and second highest on charts, maps, and graphs. Most groups performed third highest on passages, fourth highest on forms, and least well on reference materials. Comparison of the results of this test given in 1973-74 with a truncated version given to 17-year-olds in 1970-71 showed all groups gained in functional reading skills. Three exercise parts consisting of questions about an insurance policy statement, a traffic ticket, and an application form were answered well by no group, including the superior readers, which raises the question of further defining functional reading. (MKM) Primary type of information provided by report: Results (Technical Summary).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Right to Read Program.; National Center for Educational Statistics (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO. National Assessment of Educational Progress.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Assessment of Educational Progress