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ERIC Number: ED117665
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Pages: 30
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Criteria for the Instructional Level of Reading.
Hays, Warren S.
This study was designed to discover the answers to two general questions concerning the instrucitonal level of reading: (1) What is the percentage of word recognition that is necessary for second and fifth graders to maintain in order to achieve a certain percentage of comprehension? (2) Are those word recognition percentages the same for both groups? Twenty-five second and 25 fifth graders were randomly selected from three middle-class schools. An Informal Reading Inventory was developed and administered to each subject. The data was analyzed and median word recognition scores were computed across levels of readability for various bands of comprehension. Subjects were asked to read two comparable passages at each level, one orally at sight and the other silently by sight. The results indicated that most second and fifth graders needed to achieve a word recognition score of at least 98 or 99 percent on the oral passage in order to have an accompanying comprehension score of at least 75 percent on the silent passage. Most second graders who achieved less than 92 percent recognition had accompanying comprehension scores of less than 50 percent. Most fifth graders who achieved less than 96 percent had accompanying comprehension scores of less than 50 percent. (Author/MKM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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