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ERIC Number: EJ817302
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 43
ISSN: ISSN-0279-6015
Predictive Accuracy of Nonsense Word Fluency for English Language Learners
Vanderwood, Mike L.; Linklater, Danielle; Healy, Krista
School Psychology Review, v37 n1 p5-17 2008
The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between English phonics (nonsense word fluency) and reading performance for 134 English language learners. First-grade nonsense word fluency scores had significant moderate to large correlations to three third-grade outcome measures: curriculum-based measurement in reading (0.65), Maze (0.54), and the California Achievement Test, Sixth Edition (0.39). In addition, when the variance associated with English language learner level was removed through hierarchical linear regression, nonsense word fluency accounted for a significant amount of the variance for all three outcomes. The predictive accuracy of nonsense word fluency was determined by examining the sensitivity, specificity, and positive predictive values for each outcome measure. Implications, limitations, and future directions are also addressed. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 1; Grade 3
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A