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State of the Union registers at 8th grade reading level

Eric Ostermeier finds Obama's State of the Union grade-level score lagged behind modern presidents.

"The Flesch-Kincaid test is designed to assess the readability level of written text, with a formula that translates the score to a U.S. grade level. Longer sentences and sentences utilizing words with more syllables produce higher scores. Shorter sentences and sentences incorporating more monosyllabic words yield lower scores," the University of Minnesota's Eric Ostermeier explains.

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January 25, 2012

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