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ERIC Number: EJ822342
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1081-4159
The Appropriateness of the NC State-Mandated Reading Competency Test for Deaf Students as a Criterion for High School Graduation
Lollis, Jana; LaSasso, Carol
Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education, v14 n1 p76-98 Win 2009
Deaf students consistently score lower on standardized measures of reading comprehension than their hearing peers. Most of the studies that have been conducted to explain this phenomenon have focused on variables within the reader, and important differences have been found between deaf and hearing readers. More recently, in the face of increasingly high-stakes consequences, researchers are looking "outside" the reader, at the tests themselves, to determine whether there are fairness issues for special populations, such as deaf students. The study reported here, the first of its kind with deaf students, examines the North Carolina (NC) reading comprehension test. The study employs the same method used originally by NC to determine its appropriateness of the test for the general population of NC students. The experts in this article, like those in the original construction of the NC test, are familiar with the content of the reading curriculum in NC; however, the raters in this article bring a special perspective related to teaching and testing reading of students who are deaf. Findings from this study raise questions about the appropriateness of the NC reading test for deaf students. Implications for future research and instructional practice are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina