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In this practical two-hour session with Dr. John Strucker, learn how to use free online tools to determine the readability of texts and consider how to use that information to improve your instruction.

Please note: This is an online course in Blackboard that cannot be accessed from the SABES website. You will receive a separate email from Joanne Harrington at Quinsigamond Community College with instructions on how to access the course.


This professional development activity/course is designed for:

  • ABE and ASE reading and content area teachers--including math instructors

Participants will get hands-on practice with several free online readability formulas. This will be followed by a discussion of how to interpret readability results and additional factors that contribute to text difficulty. Finally, the facilitator will present tips on how to use readability to choose appropriate levels of texts for different instructional purposes, such as guided reading, introducing new content, and independent reading.

Learning Objectives: 

Upon completion of this professional development activity/course, you will be able to:

  • explain the importance of readability in the College and Career Readiness Standards in Adult Education (CCRSAE)
  • enter texts into several online readability formulas
  • interpret readability results beyond simple Grade Level Equivalents (GLEs)
  • explain what factors, in addition to readability, contribute to text difficulty
  • use readability to choose different levels of texts for different instructional purposes
Presenter(s) / Facilitator(s): 
  • Comfort with operating between multiple open tabs in your browser, and with copying and pasting from one tab to another.
  • Chrome browser installed on your device--Blackboard functions best in Chrome
05/19/2020 - 9:30am to 11:30am
Online (Blackboard)
PD Center: 


SABES English Language Arts Curriculum & Instruction PD Center
Topic Area: 
ABE/Adult Education
College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education (CCRSAE)
Curriculum Development
Evidence-Based Reading Instruction (EBRI)
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