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ERIC Number: ED134954
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976
Reference Count: N/A
Statistical/Documentary Report, 1974 and 1975 Assessments of 17-Year-Old Students, Summary Volume; Functional Literacy Basic Reading Performance.
Gadway, Charles J.; Wilson, H.A.
This document provides statistical data on the 1974 and 1975 Mini-Assessment of Functional Literacy, which was designed to determine the extent of functional literacy among seventeen year olds in America. Also presented are data from comparable test items from the 1971 assessment. Three standards are presented, to allow different methods of evaluating the results of the assessment, which contained exercises selected to represent the types of reading materials encountered frequently in everyday life. The desired performance level was set at 100% of all exercises, the highest level of performance expected was designated, and the minimally adequate performance level was set at successful completion of 75% of the exercises. Highlights of the assessment include three exercises in which the students' performance declined markedly (a passage on Colorado mountains, a report card, and a sign on horsepower) and four exercises in which students improved markedly (two help-wanted ads and two coupons). Three exercises in which performance was consistently low were an insurance policy statement, a book-club application, and a traffic ticket. In 1975, over 87% of the students answered 75% of the items correctly. (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.
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO. National Assessment of Educational Progress.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Assessment of Educational Progress