Read with Understanding Performance Continuum

Performance Level 2

How adults at Level 2 Read with Understanding:
  • Determine the reading purpose.
  • Select reading strategies appropriate to the purpose.
  • Monitor comprehension and adjust reading strategies.
  • Analyze the information and reflect on its underlying meaning.
  • Integrate it with prior knowledge to address reading purpose.

Level 2 Indicators

Use Key Knowledge, Skills, and Strategies Adults performing at Level 2 can:
  • Decode and recognize everyday, simple words in short, simple text by breaking words into parts, tapping out/sounding out syllables, applying pronunciation rules, using picture aids, and recalling oral vocabulary and sight words;
  • Demonstrate familiarity with simple, everyday content knowledge and vocabulary;
  • Locate discrete items of informaiton in slimplified text;
  • Monitor and enhance comprehension using various strategies such as rereading, restating, copying and rephrasing text; making a list of new words, or using a simplified dictionary;
  • Recall prior knowledge to assist in selecting texts and in understanding the information they contain.

Show Fluency, Independence, and Ability to Perform in a Range of Settings

Adults performing at Level 2 can read and comprehend words in small blocks of simple text, slowly but easily and with few errors, to independently accomplish simple, well-defined, and structured reading activities in a range of comfortable and familiar settings.

Level 2 Examples of Proficient Performance

Adults performing at Level 2 can Read with Understanding to accomplish a variety of goals, such as:
  • Reading aloud a picture book with very simple text to a young child.
  • Reading a short narrative about a community concern to identify and think about personal community issues.
  • Reading about entry-level job duties in order to decide whether to apply.
  • Reading simple greeting cards to choose an appropriate card for a friend.
  • Reading a simple chart about job benefits to figure out if hospitalization is covered.
  • Reading utility bills to understand how and when to pay them.
  • Reading short narratives about immigrant experiences to reflect on and learn about personal heritage.
  • Reading the weather forecast in the newspaper to decide on appropriate clothes for a weekend trip.

To see a Word version of the performance continuum, click here.

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