ERIC Number: ED191875
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Dec
Reference Count: 0
A Passage Independency Analysis of Three Informal Reading Inventories.
Marr, Mary Beth
Three commonly used informal reading inventories were examined to determine the extent to which their comprehension test questions were passage independent, and could be answered correctly without reading the passages on which they were based. Fourth graders were given the questions orally without access to the passages. The percentage of questions answered correctly was calculated for each test. An analysis of variance procedure revealed that the Classroom Reading Inventory was the most passage independent followed by the Analytical Reading Inventory and Ginn 720 basal inventory respectively. An analysis of children's responses to the questions revealed that three question types in particular tended to be passage independent in nature. These question categories were: (1) general information; (2) vocabulary meaning; and (3) affective. The investigation also examined the degree to which the respective inventory comprehension questions provided inflated estimates of the children's reading comprehension abilities. (Author/GK)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Analytical Reading Inventory; Classroom Reading Inventory; Ginn Reading 720 Series; Passage Dependency
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Reading Conference (29th, San Antonio, TX, November 29-December 1, 1979).