Read with Understanding Performance Continuum

Performance Level 1

How adults at Level 1 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 1 Indicators

Use Key Knowledge, Skills, and Strategies Adults performing at Level 1 can:
  • Recognize everyday words or word groups in short, simple text by decoding letter-sound correspondence, isolating and saying first and last sounds, naming pictures to isolate and say initial sounds, sounding out words by segmenting words into separate sounds and syllables, combining or blending sounds, recognizing simple rhyming word patterns, or recalling oral vocabulary and sight words;
  • Demonstrate familiarity with concepts of print, letter shapes, letter names and sounds (individual consonants and vowels, digraphs and blends), and common vocabulary;
  • Monitor accuracy of decoding and word recognition using various strategies, such as rereading or making word lists;
  • Recall prior knowledge to assist in understanding information in the text.

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

Adults performing at Level 1 can read and comprehend words in short, simple texts slowly and with some effort but with few errors, to independently accomplish simple, well defined, and structured reading activities in a few comfortable and familiar settings.

Level 1 Examples of Proficient Performance

Adults performing at Level 1 can Read with Understanding to accomplish a variety of goals, such as:
  • Reading a grocery list and recognizing words and prices in a store ad to make decisions about what to buy.
  • Reading personal names and addresses in order to make an invitation list.
  • Reading product names and quantities to fill a purchase order.
  • Reading names and office numbers to distribute interoffice mail to the correct locations.
  • Reading personal information prompts to accurately fill out simple applications, registration forms, and so on.
  • Reading product and store names or symbols on signs and storefronts to identify places to shop.
  • Reading months, days, and dates on a personal calendar to identify and enter important events.

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

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