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ERIC Number: ED434308
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Sep-11
Pages: 12
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What Is the Reading Achievement Levels of Our Pupils?
Ediger, Marlow
This paper states that today's newspaper and educational journal articles complain that only half the school population can read on grade level. Yet standardized tests are written to spread pupils out from the first to the 99th percentile, or from three or more standard deviations above to three or more standard deviations below the mean. Standardized tests have many weaknesses in describing a pupil's present level of reading achievement. The paper lists 10 weaknesses in standardized tests, followed by five remarks about student reading often seen in news accounts. The paper calls for a vision of "what can be" in a reading program--a vision that practitioners need to articulate to parents, people in the community, and others interested in educating children. It then delineates this forward looking reading program, discussing metacognition skills, the learning environment, actively involved parents, personalized reading instruction, emphasis on the psychology of learning in teaching reading, and diagnosis and remediation in reading. (Contains 10 references.) (NKA)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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