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ERIC Number: EJ903018
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 6
ISSN: ISSN-1544-6751
Miscues: Meaningful Assessment Aids Instruction
Luft, Pamela
Odyssey: New Directions in Deaf Education, v10 n1 p7-11 Spr-Sum 2009
LeRoy was a deaf sixth grader who used signs and his voice to communicate. Yanetta was a deaf eighth grader who had deaf parents and preferred American Sign Language (ASL). Michael was a deaf fifth grader in a suburban school who attended an oral program and used his voice exclusively to communicate. All three students struggled with reading. They had taken standardized tests and other tests required by the No Child Left Behind legislation, but the tests did not give their teachers the insight to develop an effective teaching plan. For LeRoy, Yanetta, and Michael, like so many deaf students, reading comprehension threatened to be a barrier that prevented them from achieving academically. In an effort to assess their reading more fully and to develop effective instructional plans, teachers decided to use miscue analysis. Miscue analysis has been defined as a structured observation of student reading in which teachers give students interesting and challenging material and systematically note errors as they read. Used since the late 1960s, miscue analysis enables teachers to see how effectively students use and apply content and textual schemata and observe students' successful and unsuccessful skills and strategies as they make sense of print. This article shows how teachers can use miscue analysis to identify appropriate research-based literacy practices for deaf students regardless of the communication policies of their schools. (Contains 4 figures and 9 resources.)
Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center. Gallaudet University, 800 Florida Avenue NE, KS 3600, Washington, DC 20002. Tel: 800-526-9105; Tel: 202-651-5340; Fax: 202-651-5708; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001