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Ratings of Readability of Parentsí Rights Notices for Each State Studied

STATE

Reading Level

Length

Print size

Table of Contents

Glossary

Q and A format

Tables, Figures

Pictures

Samples,† Examples

Acronyms

Alabama

E

C

D

E

E

E

D

E

E

C

Alaska

E

E

D

C

E

E

E

E

C

D

Arizona

E

D

D

E

E

C

E

E

E

D

Arkansas

E

D

D

E

E

E

E

E

E

C

California

D

C

D

E

E

C

D

E

E

E

Colorado

E

C

E

E

E

E

E

E

E

C

Connecticut

C

E

E

E

E

E

E

E

E

E

Delaware

D

D

D

E

E

C

E

E

D

C

DC

D

D

D

E

E

C

E

C

E

E

Florida

E

C

D

E

E

E

E

E

E

D

Georgia

E

C

D

E

E

E

E

E

E

C

Hawaii

E

D

E

E

E

E

E

C

E

C

Idaho

D

D

E

C

E

E

E

E

E

E

Illinois

E

C

D

E

E

E

E

E

E

C

Indiana

E

D

E

E

C

C

C

E

E

E

Iowa

E

E

C

C

E

C

E

E

C

E

Kansas

D

D

E

E

E

C

C

E

E

E

Kentucky

D

E

C

C

C

E

E

E

E

E

Louisiana

E

E

C

E

C

E

E

D

D

E

Maine

E

D

E

E

C

E

E

E

E

C

Maryland

E

E

E

C

C

E

E

E

E

E

Massachusetts

E

C

E

E

E

E

E

C

E

E

Michigan

E

D

D

C

E

E

E

D

E

D

Minnesota

D

C

E

E

E

E

E

E

E

C

Mississippi

E

D

D

E

E

E

E

E

E

E

Missouri

E

D

D

C

E

E

E

D

E

D

Montana

E

D

D

C

E

E

E

E

E

C

Nebraska

E

C

D

E

E

E

E

E

E

C

Nevada

E

D

D

E

E

C

E

E

E

C

New Hampshire

E

E

D

C

E

E

E

E

E

C

New Jersey

D

E

E

C

C

C

C

D

C

D

New Mexico

D

D

D

E

E

C

E

C

E

E

New York

D

C

D

E

E

E

E

E

E

E

North Carolina

E

E

D

C

E

E

E

D

E

C

North Dakota

D

D

D

C

E

E

E

D

E

D

Oklahoma

E

C

E

E

E

E

E

E

E

C

Oregon

D

E

D

C

E

E

E

C

E

C

Pennsylvania

E

D

D

C

C

E

E

E

E

C

Rhode Island

E

C

D

E

E

E

E

E

E

D

South Carolina

E

D

E

E

E

E

E

E

E

E

South Dakota

E

D

D

E

C

E

E

E

E

E

Tennessee

D

E

D

E

C

C

D

D

C

D

Texas

D

D

D

C

C

C

D

E

E

E

Utah

E

D

E

E

C

E

E

E

E

E

Vermont

D

E

D

E

E

C

E

C

E

C

Virginia

D

E

D

C

E

E

E

E

E

E

Washington

E

E

D

C

E

E

E

E

E

E

West Virginia

E

D

D

E

C

E

E

E

E

E

Wisconsin

C

C

E

E

C

E

E

E

E

E

Wyoming

E

C

E

E

E

E

D

E

E

D

SCORING KEY

Reading Level- Flesch Grade Level, C=Satisfactory (7th-8th Grade), D=High School E=College level

Length- C=10 pages or fewer, D=11-20 pages, E=More than 20 pages

Print size- C=12 point or larger, D=10 or 11 point, E=below 10 point

Table of Contents- C=Yes, E=No

Glossary- C=Yes, E=No

Question-and-Answer format-C=Yes, E=No

Tables and Figures-C=More than 1, D=1, E=None

Pictures and Illustrations- C=More than 1, D=1, E=None

Samples and Examples- C=More than 1, D=1, E=None

Acronyms- C=5 or fewer , D=6-10 , E=More than 10

Note: This chart was adapted from Parentsí Rights in Special Education: The Readability of Procedural Safeguards, by Julie L. Fitzgerald and Marley W. Watkins, 2006, Exceptional Children, 72, pp.497-510. Copyright 2006, The Council for Exceptional Children. Adapted with permission. Scoring categories were developed for this article.

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