ERIC Number: ED318748
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Aug
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Development of a Single DoD Reading Grade Level (RGL) Scale.
Waters, Brian K.
Research on military reading abilities has shown a direct relationship between reading ability and training and job performance. The objectives of this study of the development of a reading scale were to: (1) measure the reading ability of military applicants using six commonly used reading tests; (2) use the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) as a composite anchor against which the reading tests can be equated; (3) equate each test to the anchor; and (4) recommend a reading grade level (RGL) scale for Department of Defense (DoD) use in reporting to the U.S. Congress. Subjects were 20,422 applicants for the armed forces who were tested during a 6-week period beginning on April 13, 1987 on the ASVAB and one of the 6 reading tests. Scores on the reading tests yielded widely varying average RGL levels for examinees of equivalent ability. The ASVAB verbal standard score was taken as the anchor, and a conversion table was made for the ASVAB and each of the five reading tests found adequate for equating purposes. An RGL scale was then proposed for DoD use that would allow each branch of military service to use the reading test that best meets its requirements, with each converting the scores to the RGL scale for congressional reporting purposes. Thirteen tables and eight graphs present the study results. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery