ERIC Number: ED151760
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Functional Literacy and the Schools.
Fisher, Donald L.
Schools have come under sharp criticism for their apparent ineffectiveness in reading instruction, due to interpretations of recent functional literacy survey results. Several of the major surveys are examined in this document, and in some cases their data are reanalyzed to answer additional questions. The conclusion reached from this examination and reanalysis is that the surveys do not provide enough evidence to support a sweeping indictment of the schools. On the other hand, schools are not providing effective reading instruction to a small but clearly identifiable population-those students who have failed to be promoted along with their age group. The implications of this analysis for the formulation of educational policy are discussed. An appendix describes the methods and findings of several functional literacy studies and provides an assessment of each study's validity and usefulness. (RL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.