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ERIC Number: EJ855419
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-May
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 46
ISSN: ISSN-1940-4158
Building the WARL: The Development of the Wheldall Assessment of Reading Lists, a Curriculum-Based Measure Designed to Identify Young Struggling Readers and Monitor Their Progress
Reynolds, Meree; Wheldall, Kevin; Madelaine, Alison
Australian Journal of Learning Difficulties, v14 n1 p89-111 May 2009
Early years teachers are in need of efficient measures to identify young students who are not making adequate progress in learning to read. The Wheldall Assessment of Reading Lists (WARL) has been developed to meet this need. The test, a curriculum-based measure of word identification fluency, consists of a series of parallel lists of frequently used words from children's texts and storybooks. Following a pilot study with 57 Year 1 students that satisfactorily demonstrated the equivalence of five trial word lists, 15 lists were subsequently trialled with 112 Year 1 students. The participants were also assessed on a battery of standardised and curriculum-based measures of reading. The WARL word lists were shown to inter-correlate highly with each other and also to correlate highly with other standardised measures of reading. The test appears to be both a valid and a reliable measure that can be used to identify young struggling readers and to monitor their progress following intervention. (Contains 1 figure and 12 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education; Primary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Burt Word Reading Test