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ERIC Number: ED158262
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: N/A
Then and Now: Reading Achievement in Indiana (1944-45 and 1976).
Farr, Roger; And Others
In response to a need for comparing test results from widely separated time periods and broad geographic areas in order to evaluate the achievement of today's students, a study was conducted to compare the reading achievement of sixth and tenth grade students in Indiana in 1944-1945 with Indiana children in the same grades in 1976 according to the Iowa Silent Reading Test. The 1976 procedure was set up to acquire data comparable to that of 1944-1945 and varied from the earlier one in that the questionnaire sent to participating school administrators requested additional information on student background, community, school personnel, and academic programs. With a grade adjustment for a ten month age difference, the 1976 sixth grade sample outscored their earlier counterparts on every subtest and on the total median score. The tenth grade scores, adjusted for age differences, indicated a dramatic improvement for the 1976 sophomores. The assumption that the reading abilities of students is presently declining is unsupported by the study. However, there is a need for further examination of the effects of certain societal and educational factors in each of the time periods. (Twenty-one tables are appended.) (MAI)
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Comparative Testing, Educational Environment, Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Grade 10, Grade 6, Reading Ability, Reading Achievement, Reading Research, Reading Skills
Reading Education Department, School of Education, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana 47401 ($3.00)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Psychological Corp., New York, NY.; Spencer Foundation, Chicago, IL.; Lilly Endowment, Inc., Indianapolis, IN.
Authoring Institution: Indiana Univ., Bloomington. School of Education.
Identifiers - Location: Indiana