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ERIC Number: ED141759
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-May
Reference Count: 0
Computerized Readability Verification of Textbook Reading Levels.
Britton, Gwyneth E.; Lumpkin, Margaret C.
A new, computerized readability assessment program was developed to verify the reading levels of stories, as designated by publishers in current sixth grade reading texts. The Spache, Harris-Jacobson, Dale-Chall, Flesch, and Fry readability formulas were incorporated into one computer-based program designed for rapid calculation and comparative analyses. Although the Spache formula was a part of this computer program, it was not applied in this study, since it was designed for grades 1-3. Approximately 200 stories were analyzed from the sixth grade reading texts. All publishers used the Dale-Chall as one indicator of readability. The Dale-Chall readability formula showed that a high percentage of the stories from the sixth grade readers were above the publishers' designated reading level of sixth grade. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Reading Association (22nd, Miami Beach, Florida, May 2-6, 1977)