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ERIC Number: EJ774795
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jun
Pages: 20
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 35
ISSN: ISSN-0033-1538
Monitoring Basic Skills Acquisition through Rapid Learning Assessments: A Case Study from Peru
Abadzi, Helen; Crouch, Luis; Echegaray, Marcela; Pasco, Consuelo; Sampe, Jessyca
Prospects: Quarterly Review of Comparative Education, v35 n2 p137-156 Jun 2005
This article presents a reading assessment pilot test that took place in the context of a process of analysis and dialogue aimed at contributing to the analysis of school quality in Peru, as part of a World Bank sector assessment. Peruvian first and second graders at the bottom half of the income distribution were asked to read a brief passage aloud and to answer simple comprehension questions. Only 25% of the first graders and 41% of the second graders were able to read one or more words in the text at the end of the school year; 75% of the first graders could not read at all. Children who could answer all three comprehension questions correctly read at 77 words per minute on average, whereas children who could answer only one or two questions read much more slowly, at 15 and 41 words per minute respectively. The relationship between reading speed and comprehension is consistent with memory research on reading automaticity. The results are also consistent with other observational studies that suggest widespread illiteracy among poorer students in various countries. A rapid reading test, administered quickly and inexpensively, produced comprehensible and actionable information on student performance. If sampling and instrumentation were refined, the methodology could produce baseline and monitoring data that are locally sustainable and internationally comparable. (Contains 5 tables and 9 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Grade 1; Grade 2
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Peru