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ERIC Number: EJ914573
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1175-9232
The National Reading Recovery Data as a Possible Indicator of Reading Progress for Six-Year-Olds in New Zealand: Some Issues
Greaney, Keith
Kairaranga, v6 n2 p33-36 2005
Apart from the annual returns to the Ministry of Education of Reading Recovery (RR) data (and to a lesser extent, the four-yearly National Education Monitoring Project cycle data), there is currently no national data sets of reading achievement information for New Zealand primary school children. This article uses the national RR data for 2002 as a basis for estimating the likely full extent to which 6-year-olds may be underachieving in reading after one year of instruction. For the purposes of this article, "average or above" achievement in reading after one year at school is defined as being able to read at or above book level 12 and being able to correctly read 20 or more words from the Burt Word reading test. To gain a wider perspective of reading performance at age six years, the six-year net data from three large urban schools for the years 2000 to 2004 was also analysed. The results show that although some researchers suggest that only two percent of children require extra reading tuition following RR, this figure is probably not a true indicator of the extent of early reading problems. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Zealand
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Burt Word Reading Test