ERIC Number: ED318289
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Jul-28
Reference Count: N/A
Determining Reading Levels for Nonnative Speakers of English: A Study To Explore the Possibility of Correlations between Nonnative Literacy (ESL) and Adult Basic Education (ABE) Reading Tests. Final Report.
Minicz, Elizabeth A. Watson; And Others
Recent workplace literacy initiatives for limited-English-proficient (LEP) employees in Illinois have resulted in employer interest in the measurement of adult English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) achievement, particularly in the area of reading comprehension. Employers are requesting that evidence of a language minority employee's reading ability be reported in grade level equivalents similar to those used to report the skill levels of native speakers. The study reported here investigated the following: (1) whether there is any correlation between commonly-used ESL tests of reading comprehension and adult basic education norm-referenced tests; (2) which tests are more highly correlated; and (3) whether any adult ESL reading comprehension test can be used to predict performance on adult basic education tests. Some specific correlations were found. In addition, commonalities in the populations of LEP nonnative speakers and undereducated native speakers were noted. Further research with larger samples is recommended. Appended materials include forms, data, and correspondence related to the study. (Author/MSE) (Adjunct ERIC Clearinghouse on Literacy Education)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: William Rainey Harper Coll., Palatine, IL.
Identifiers - Location: Illinois