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Herrera, Sarah; Zhou, Chengfu; Petscher, Yaacov – Regional Educational Laboratory Southeast, 2017
The 2001 authorization of the No Child Left Behind Act and its standards and accountability requirements generated interest among state education agencies in Florida, Mississippi, and North Carolina, which are served by the Regional Educational Laboratory Southeast, in monitoring changes in student reading and math proficiency at the school level.…
Descriptors: Reading Achievement, Mathematics Achievement, Trend Analysis, Achievement Gap
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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
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Goodwin, Amanda P.; Petscher, Yaacov; Carlisle, Joanne F.; Mitchell, Alison M. – Journal of Research in Reading, 2017
This study examined the dimensionality of morphological knowledge. The performance of 371 seventh- and eighth-graders on seven morphological knowledge tasks was investigated using confirmatory factor analysis. Results suggested that morphological knowledge was best fit by a bifactor model with a general factor of morphological knowledge and seven…
Descriptors: Morphology (Languages), Grade 7, Grade 8, Factor Analysis
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Reed, Deborah K.; Petscher, Yaacov; Truckenmiller, Adrea J. – Reading Research Quarterly, 2017
This study explored the relationship between the reading ability and science achievement of students in grades 5, 8, and 9. Reading ability was assessed with four measures: word recognition, vocabulary, syntactic knowledge, and comprehension (23% of all passages were on science topics). Science achievement was assessed with state…
Descriptors: Reading Ability, Science Achievement, Middle School Students, Elementary School Students
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Spencer, Mercedes; Muse, Andrea; Wagner, Richard K.; Foorman, Barbara; Petscher, Yaacov; Schatschneider, Christopher; Tighe, Elizabeth L.; Bishop, M. Denise – Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 2015
We report results from two studies on the underlying dimensions of morphological awareness and vocabulary knowledge in elementary-aged children. In Study 1, 99 fourth-grade students were given multiple measures of morphological awareness and vocabulary. A single factor accounted for individual differences in all morphology and vocabulary…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Intermediate Grades, Grade 4, Middle School Students
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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