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ERIC Number: ED127590
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Pages: 158
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Determining Reading Grade Levels from Analysis of Written Compositions.
Lazdowski, Walter Peter
This study investigated the use of samples of students' writing as a means of assessing their reading achievement. Writing samples were collected from 338 students in grades seven through fourteen. Reading ability for these students ranged from below third-grade level to above fourteenth-grade level. Writing samples were categorized according to reading ability without regard to actual grade level of the student. Each writing sample was scored (1) for readability using a set of standard formulas, and (2) for selected measures of vocabulary load, sentence structure, density of ideas, and syntactic complexity. Using step-wise multiple regression, there was a significant positive relationship between reading and writing ability. Using the second set of measures, it was possible to predict reading ability, within one grade level, with a reliability of .877. (Author/AA)
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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Note: Ed.D. Dissertation, New Mexico State University