Read with Understanding Performance Continuum

Performance Level 3

How adults at Level 3 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 3 Indicators

Use Key Knowledge, Skills, and Strategies Adults performing at Level 3 can:
  • Decode and recognize most everyday and some unfamiliar words in short to medium length text by drawing on content knowledge and oral vocabulary, breaking words into parts, applying pronunciation rules, and adjusting reading pace;
  • Demonstrate familiarity with common, high-interest content knowledge and related vocabulary;
  • Locate important information in simple text using some simple strategies;
  • Monitor and enhance comprehension by using of a range of simple strategies, such as recalling, restating, rephrasing, explaining the content of the text, or using simple examples;
  • 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 3 can quickly and accurately read and comprehend words and word groups in multiple pages of simple text to independently accomplish simple, well-defined, and structured reading activities in a range of comfortable and familiar settings.

Level 3 Examples of Proficient Performance

Adults performing at Level 3 can Read with Understanding to accomplish a variety of goals, such as:
  • Reading about a company's job benefits to make decisions about personal choice of benefits.
  • Reading a short story about how cultural differences can lead to conflict to reflect on and make decisions about personal issues.
  • Reading a minimum-wage poster to determine if a job wage is legal.
  • Reading a short story about losing a job to reflect on the ways job loss can affect family relationships.
  • Reading citizenship application procedures to help someone decide whether to pursue citizenship.
  • Reading housing rental ads to compare housing options and make a decision about which house is better for a family.

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

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