Read with Understanding Performance Continuum

Performance Level 4

How adults at Level 4 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 4 Indicators

Use Key Knowledge, Skills, and Strategies Adults performing at Level 4 can:
  • Recognize unfamiliar and some specialized words and abbreviations using word analysis or inference;
  • Demonstrate familiarity with everyday and some specialized content knowledge and vocabulary;
  • Locate important information in text using a wide range of strategies;
  • Monitor and enhance comprehension using a wide range of strategies, such as posing and answering questions, trial and error, and adjusting reading pace;
  • Organize information using some strategies, such as recall, restatement, simple sequencing, simple categorization;
  • Actively apply prior knowledge to assist in understanding information in texts.

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

Adults performing at Level 4 can read and comprehend a variety of texts at an appropriate pace and with good comprehension to independently accomplish structured reading activities in a variety of familiar settings.

Level 4 Examples of Proficient Performance

Adults performing at Level 4 can Read with Understanding to accomplish a variety of goals, such as:
  • Reading fast food nutrition charts to choose a meal that is low in fat.
  • Reading brief newspaper editorials on opposing sides of a subject of interest to clarify a personal opinion on the subject.
  • Reading newspaper advice columns to stimulate thinking about personal issues.
  • Reading TV Guide to determine if specific movies are appropriate for children.
  • Reading information about labor unions to make a decision about joining a union.
  • Reading a magazine about typical behavior for toddlers to figure out how to deal with a two-year-old's tantrums.
  • Reading a brochure from a health clinic to learn about signs of depression and helpful tips for dealing with it.

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