Read with Understanding Performance Continuum

Performance Level 5

How adults at Level 5 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 5 Indicators

Use Key Knowledge, Skills, and Strategies Adults performing at Level 5 can:
  • Recognize and interpret abbreviations and specialized vocabulary;
  • Demonstrate familiarity with everyday and some specialized content knowledge and vocabulary, and with paragraph structure and document organization;
  • Locate important information, read identified sections for detail, and determine missing information using a wide range of strategies;
  • Monitor and enhance comprehension using a wide range of strategies;
  • Organize and analyze information and reflect upon its meaning using a range of strategies, such as classification, categorization, and comparison/contrast;
  • Evaluate prior knowledge against new information in texts to enhance understanding of the information.

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

Adults performing at Level 5 can read and comprehend dense or multipart texts at an appropriate pace and with good comprehension, to independently accomplish structured, complex reading activities in a variety of familiar and some novel settings.

Level 5 Examples of Proficient Performance

Adults performing at Level 5 can Read with Understanding to accomplish a variety of goals, such as:
  • Reading over-the-counter medicine labels to choose the right product for a sick child.
  • Reading a magazine article about home Internet connection providers to analyze the options described and select a provider.
  • Reading information about advertising techniques and analyzing the ways advertisers persuade consumers to buy their products to become better informed about a purchase.
  • Reading a campus safety brochure to be aware of a school's rules, regulations and resources available for students.
  • Reading information from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration about noise exposure to solve a problem at work.
  • Reading a self-help book about family finances in order to find ways to save money.
  • Reading information about voter eligibility to decide if one is eligible to vote in an upcoming election.
  • Reading instructions from a website for jobseekers to find information and advice on effective resumé writing.

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