ERIC Number: EJ1091910
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 73
The Push for More Challenging Texts: An Analysis of Early Readers' Rate, Accuracy, and Comprehension
Amendum, Steven J.; Conradi, Kristin; Liebfreund, Meghan D.
Reading Psychology, v37 n4 p570-600 2016
The purpose of the study was to examine the relationship between the challenge level of text and early readers' reading comprehension. This relationship was also examined with consideration to students' word recognition accuracy and reading rate. Participants included 636 students, in Grades 1-3, in a southeastern state. Results suggest that students reading texts well above their actual grade levels, even with sufficient accuracy scores, scored significantly lower on comprehension than students reading texts at their actual grade level. This result also held regardless of students' reading rates. Findings signal the importance of considering text level during instruction and suggest some caution is warranted when pushing students into texts well above their grade levels.
Descriptors: Accuracy, Reading Comprehension, Correlation, Scores, Elementary School Students, Difficulty Level, Word Recognition, Reading Materials, Reading Instruction, Reading Rate, Case Studies, Student Characteristics, Common Core State Standards, Reading Tests, Statistical Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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