A study of the relationship between the degree of difficulty and a student's performance using the cloze method of testing readability in grades 5, 6, 7, and 8

[Introduction]The schools within the Southern California area have been attacked during the past few years on the basis that the children in these schools are not I earning as we II as they could. This criticism has gone so far as to reach the state's legislative powers as well as the governor or the state. In the past election, the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Max Rafferty, lost to Wilson Riles on the basis of tailing to Instruct our students. Many teachers, in the course of their conversation have expressed their thoughts that the state textbooks are not written in a manner so that their classroom students can comprehend their meaning. While this may sound as though it were a local problem, as one reads about education throughout the nation, it seems as if practically all or the school systems are on the defensive. The idea of the schools throughout the nation being attacked for not doing a good job of teaching is very disturbing. Perhaps the problems within out schools today are not entirely the fault of the teachers involved but also the fault of the materials that, by law, they must work with. This seems like a logical conclusion for a teacher to arrive at. But just what could be wrong with the material? Is it written at too high a level; is it written at too low a level; does It demand too much from the children or not enough? Is there a point where material becomes too hard for the student causing frustration, as well as too easy for him causing him to feel bored and belittled. The problem that educators face is trying to determine the answers to the above dilemmas.