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Ensaio: Avaliação e Políticas Públicas em Educação

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OLIVEIRA, João Batista Araujo e. Literacy evaluation. Ensaio: aval.pol.públ.Educ. [online]. 2005, vol.13, n.48, pp.375-382. ISSN 0104-4036.

The paper discusses how a wrong definition and partial understanding of the skills involved in teaching to read and write can lead to the development of assessments which do not allow correct inferences about the reading and writing competencies acquired by students. In particular, the confusion between reading and understanding precludes the correct interpretation of test results. The author suggests that the definition and competencies shared by the international academic community might be more adequate to assess beginning reading and writing skills.

Keywords : Literacy; Literacy skills; Differences between reading and understanding; Literacy evaluation.

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