Cset English subtest 1

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  1. Stevee DeNike

    Stevee DeNike Rookie

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    Can someone PLEASE explain qualitative and quantitative evaluation of text in laymen’s terms? Maybe with examples? I’ve googled it and I’m just not understanding the difference. Thank you.
     
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    I think part of what's giving you grief here is that few qualitative measures of text complexity are entirely non-quantitative. Think in terms rather of primarily quantitative vs. primarily qualitative.

    Quantitative measures focus on properties that are easy to quantify or count, especially using a computer. Average number of words per sentence is one measure of text complexity, in that longer sentences as a class tend to contain a higher number of subordinate clauses and thus a higher number of interrelated concepts than do shorter sentences - though longer isn't necessarily richer. Average number of syllables per word or even average number of letters per word are used as quantitative measure of vocabulary complexity, since longer words do tend to be more complex - though either has the unhappy result that "excitement", which most third graders know well, is judged more complex than, say, "frisson".

    Qualitative measures involve things that are harder to quantify: force of argument, sufficiency of examples, richness of description, to name but a few.
     
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    Stevee DeNike Rookie

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    Hmm..I think I have to read that through a few times. Thank you!
     
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    The issue has surfaced elsewhere, so let me revisit the matter of quantitative vs. qualitative analysis of text complexity.

    Microsoft Word can deliver a count of sentences and words in a text. That is a very simple quantitative analysis. For a very slightly less simple measure of text complexity, one can divide the number of words by the number of sentences to derive a mean number of words per sentence: obviously this assumes that sentences with more words are always more complex. There exist several standard measures of readability - Flesch-Kincaid, FOG, and several others - that consider text complexity in terms of either syllables per word per sentence or characters (=letters or letter-like symbols) per word per sentence. The Dale-Chall and, if memory serves, the Lexile measures also compare the vocabulary of the text to a standard graded and tiered word list. Each of these measures uses its quantitative data to generate either an approximate grade level or an index of readability for a text, and this information can guide English/language arts teachers as they choose readings and texts for their students.

    The California English/language arts content standards pdf, which can be downloaded for free at https://www.cde.ca.gov/be/st/ss/index.asp, offers a good discussion of text complexity in Appendix A. Any taker of CSET English does well to download both the content standards and the framework pdf, which fleshes out the standards.
     
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    Here are some additional documents I found digging through the website:

    http://www.corestandards.org/assets/Appendix_A.pdf

    http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/ (The tab on the right, "Standard 10: Range, Quality, and Complexity").

    http://www.corestandards.org/wp-content/uploads/Appendix-A-New-Research-on-Text-Complexity.pdf

    http://www.corestandards.org/wp-content/uploads/ELA_Standards1.pdf (Beginning page 34)

    TeacherGroupie, you should definitely do a separate thread on the forums about this.
     
  7. Stevee DeNike

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    You're awesome! Thanks!
     

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