Student Perceptions of a Good Reader Vary by Ability

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 1,5
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Session 6: Recent Developments in Assessment and Research

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. describe the utility and the psychometric integrity of the 16 item, 2-factor Student Perceptions of a Good Reader Scale.
  2. explain the extent students believe good readers are those who read fast and accurately versus those who comprehend well.
  3. explain whether student perceptions of a good reader change as a function of reading ability and grade level.


Administration of the Student Perceptions of a Good Reader (SPGR; Smith & Bell, 2020) to 134 participants yielded promising psychometric integrity (e.g., Cronbach’s alpha coefficients of .78 and .79 for the Perceptions: Decoding Efficiency, P/DE, and Perceptions: Reading Comprehension, P/RC, subscales, respectively). Additional mean-difference analyses compared perceptions of skilled and less skilled readers and mean scores based on grade level; significant results (p < .05) are discussed, along with implications.



Natalie R. Hassett, University of Tennessee
Sherry M. Bell, University of Tennessee
Chelsea S. Wilson, University of Tennessee
R. Steve McCallum, University of Tennessee


Virginia M. McClurg


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