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ERIC Number: EJ918175
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 52
ISSN: ISSN-1934-2322
Assessment and Instruction of Oral Reading Fluency among Adults with Low Literacy
Mellard, Daryl; Woods, Kari; Fall, Emily
Adult Basic Education and Literacy Journal, v5 n1 p3-14 Spr 2011
We statistically examined the oral reading fluency of 295 adults with low literacy by analyzing total words read per minute and word error rates. We identified four fluency-ability groupings based on standardized assessments of reading-related skills (phonemic awareness, word recognition, vocabulary, comprehension, and general ability). Our results suggest that adults who read at comparable correct word rates vary significantly in total words read and word error rates. These differences were independent of assessed general ability level. Thus, total words read per minute and word error rates offer a picture of learner reading ability that can help instructors target instruction toward weak reading-related skills. (Contains 7 tables and 3 figures.)
Commission on Adult Basic Education and ProLiteracy America. 1320 Jamesville Avenue, Syracuse, NY 13210. Tel: 315-422-9121; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Clinical Evaluation of Language Fundamentals; Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test; Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale; Woodcock Reading Mastery Test