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ERIC Number: EJ792031
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 22
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 53
ISSN: ISSN-0886-0246
Matching Second Graders to Text: The Utility of a Group-Administered Comprehension Measure
Walpole, Sharon; Hayes, Latisha; Robnolt, Valerie J.
Reading Research and Instruction, v46 n1 p1-22 Fall 2006
This is a study of the utility of Lexile scores for predicting adequate oral reading accuracy and oral reading rate in a tradebook. A Lexile score is a quantitative measure of readability that can be applied to texts and also a metric for describing reading achievement through the use of standardized reading comprehension measures. Participants included 47 second-grade readers who took a group-administered reading comprehension test, yielding individual Lexile scores. Trade book titles were randomly selected to correspond to their Lexile scores. After a controlled story introduction, each participant read a single text orally, and researchers calculated oral reading accuracy and rate. Results indicated that 93% of the participants read their Lexile-identified trade book with oral reading accuracy greater than 90% but only 57% with reading rate greater than 70 words per minute. Implications for using Lexile scores as part of a school-level assessment plan are discussed. (Contains 3 tables.)
College Reading Association. Brigham Young University, Department of Teacher Education, 215 McKay Building, P.O. Box 25099, Provo, UT 84602. Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 2
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A