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ERIC Number: ED137721
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Pages: 8
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Diagnosing Reading Needs of Secondary School Students.
Bursuk, Laura
Three informal measures for determining whether students can read the assigned text material are described in this paper. The diagnostic measures are the informal textbook test, the cloze procedure, and the informal skills test. In the informal textbook test, a student is asked to read a 250 word passage selected from the textbook intended for classroom use, first orally, then silently, and to answer questions prepared by the teacher to represent both literal and inferential comprehension. The cloze test involves selecting passages, deleting every fifth word, and asking students to fill in the blanks with an appropriate word. Scores between 44 percent and 57 percent correct indicate that the material is at instructional reading level. The informal specific skills test consists of paragraphs selected to represent skills such as comprehending the author's intent and noting the central thought in a series of paragraphs. Prescriptive teaching is suggested based on the findings. These informal measures are suggested for the English teacher specifically but could be used in all content areas. (MKM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Report prepared at York College of the City University of New York