ERIC Number: ED195961
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Dec
Reference Count: 0
The Space Test as a Possible New Informal Reading Placement Test.
Hecker, Nelly M.; And Others
This study was designed to investigate further the validity of using a space test (marking word boundaries, a task involving setting aside words from the context of a sentence) as a measure of reading comprehension. Specifically, the purposes of this investigation were to compare student performance on a space test to their performance on a cloze procedure, and to suggest acceptable scores for the space test as a placement test. A total of 716 third, fourth, fifth, and sixth grade students completed space tests and cloze procedures constructed from the basal reading materials used at their school. Significant correlations were found between the raw scores on the space test and the cloze procedure, indicating that the two measures assessed similar traits. The data further suggested that a student was probably reading below grade placement level when scoring below 40% on a space test of a passage written at grade level. Much as in a similar study, students seemed to enjoy completing the space test, while many of them seemed frustrated by the cloze procedure. (RL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Word Boundaries
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Reading Conference (1st, Sarasota, FL, December 4-6, 1980). For related document see CS 005 772.