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Measuring Text Readability Using Reading Level

Measuring Text Readability Using Reading Level
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Author(s): James C. Brewer (Texas Tech University, USA)
Copyright: 2018
Pages: 9
Source title: Encyclopedia of Information Science and Technology, Fourth Edition
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-2255-3.ch129


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Reading Grade Level calculations have been in use for over a century in the United States and have guided the selection of texts used in school programs. Government agencies at all levels, the military in its various branches, and editors of publications have found such formulas of use in setting policy or determining who can participate in programs. As readership is now a worldwide phenomenon with English as the primary language of the Internet, Reading Grade Level calculations can also be useful in creating Web pages and assigning reading texts to large multi-user classes (MOOCs) run over the Internet. In this regard, it is possible for faculty to be assured that the material is reachable to a wide audience by checking Reading Grade Level and providing additional guidance for the more difficult items in the form of discussion or focused questions. Authors can use the formulas as a tool to check the quality of their own writing and improve sections which are unnecessarily complex.

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