ERIC Number: EJ976645
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 98
Measures of Reading Comprehension: Do They Measure Different Skills for Children Learning English as a Second Language?
Grant, Amy; Gottardo, Alexandra; Geva, Esther
Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal, v25 n8 p1899-1928 Sep 2012
The validity of two measures of English reading comprehension was examined across three different groups of English language learners (ELLs; 64 Portuguese, 66 Spanish and 65 Cantonese). All three groups were achieving within the average range in second grade. An exploratory principal components analysis of reading skills was carried out to determine which skills were related to two commonly used tests of reading comprehension, the Woodcock Language Proficiency Battery's test of Passage Comprehension (WLPB-PC; Woodcock, 1991) and the Gray Oral Reading Test-4 (GORT-4; Wiederholt & Bryant, 2001). The factor solutions were different for the three language groups but showed many similarities in that the GORT-4 and WLPB-R tests of reading comprehension fell on the same factor within each group. Hierarchical regression analyses examining relationships among vocabulary, decoding and reading comprehension showed that language group membership did not significantly predict performance on either measure of reading comprehension. Differences that arose are likely due to issues with task validity and not ELL status. Limitations and future research are discussed.
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Reading Tests, Validity, Reading Skills, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, English Language Learners, Children, Test Validity, Factor Analysis, Vocabulary, Decoding (Reading), Grade 2
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education; Grade 2; Primary Education
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Gray Oral Reading Test; Woodcock Language Proficiency Battery