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ERIC Number: EJ845963
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 12
ISSN: ISSN-1045-988X
Oral Reading Fluency: Accuracy of Assessing Errors and Classification of Readers Using a 1-Min Timed Reading Sample
Coulter, Gail; Shavin, Karen; Gichuru, Margaret
Preventing School Failure, v54 n1 p71-76 Fall 2009
Children in general education are classified by measures of oral reading fluency (ORF) to determine the level of support needed for reading. In addition, teachers use ORF measures with children who receive special education services to determine whether they are making progress toward their reading goals. In this descriptive study, the authors examined the accuracy of scoring for the 45 preservice teachers using the ORF subtest of the Dynamic Indicator of Basic Early Literacy Skills (R. H. Good & R. A. Kaminski, 2002) for 1st- and 6th-grade readers. Preservice teachers correctly classified a 1st-grade reader by using cutoff points. However, 48.8% of preservice teachers incorrectly classified the 6th-grade reader when an alternative classification was more appropriate. The authors make practical recommendations for teachers to ensure accuracy of scoring with timed reading measurements. (Contains 2 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 1; Grade 6; Higher Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Idaho