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Reed, Deborah K.; Petscher, Yaacov; Foorman, Barbara R. – Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 2016
This study examined the contributions of vocabulary and spelling to the reading comprehension of students in grades 6-10 who were and were not classified as English language learners. Results indicate that vocabulary accounted for greater between-grade differences and unique variance (?R[superscript 2] = 0.11-0.31) in comprehension as compared to…
Descriptors: Vocabulary, Spelling, Reading Comprehension, Grade 6
Solari, Emily J.; Petscher, Yaacov; Folsom, Jessica Sidler – Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2014
The authors used a large data set (N = 1,011,549) to examine literacy growth over a single school year comparing general education (GenEd) students to three high-risk subgroups: English language learners (ELL), those with a specific learning disability (LD), and those identified as both LD and ELL (LD-ELL) in students in Grades 3-10. The authors…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Secondary School Students, Learning Disabilities, English Language Learners
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Petscher, Yaacov; Foorman, Barbara R.; Truckenmiller, Adrea J. – Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness, 2017
The objective of the present study was to evaluate the extent to which students who took a computer adaptive test of reading comprehension accounting for testlet effects were administered fewer passages and had a more precise estimate of their reading comprehension ability compared to students in the control condition. A randomized controlled…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Comparative Analysis, Randomized Controlled Trials, Control Groups
Foorman, Barbara R.; Petscher, Yaacov – Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness, 2011
In Florida, mean proficiency scores are reported on the Florida Comprehensive Achievement Test (FCAT) as well as recommended learning gains from the developmental scale score. Florida now has another within-year measure of growth in reading comprehension from the Florida Assessments for Instruction in Reading (FAIR). The FAIR reading comprehension…
Descriptors: Achievement Tests, Reading Comprehension, Reading Tests, Scores