The Spache readability formula, much like the New Dale-Chall Readability Formula, uses a set of words which are familiar to students to calculate the readability of text.

Spache scores are most useful up to grade four - above this they aren't particularly accurate, and that's why we split them from the rest of our readability grade level scores in our tools.

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