ERIC Number: ED200899
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Mar
Reference Count: 0
A Basic Program Analysis and Monitoring System in Reading: Alternative Monitoring Devices.
Hayford, Paul D.
The Program Analysis and Monitoring in Reading (PAM) package helps teachers and administrators anlayze, understand, and improve school reading programs by providing them with monitor reports and program reports. Both types of reports include results of student performance on tests of reading comprehension--the monitor report provides detailed information (two types of scores, passage scores and a monitor score) for each student in a reading class; the program report lists more general information, such as the average class monitor scores for each test given in a school year. During its two years of development, the PAM package has used three types of multiple choice item forms to assess literal comprehension: a modified close measure, traditional WH- detail verbatim items, and modified paraphrase items. The modified paraphrase items follow the WH- detail format while substituting, whenever possible, synonymous words or phrases for the content words in the passage sentence. The PAM package contains 24 achievement monitors--4 parallel forms at each of six levels of difficulty. Because of this, the test form a student takes is tailored to his or her ability level and he or she never takes the same form twice in a year. (Appendixes contain information on interpretation of the scores and provide rules for constructing paraphrase items.) (MKM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Identifiers: Program Analysis and Monitoring in Reading
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, April 8-12, 1979).