ERIC Number: ED332147
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-May
Reference Count: N/A
Assessing Reading Comprehension through Writing: The Development of an Informal Evaluation Instrument.
Hall, Christine K.; Leist, Cathy Wade
In an effort to evaluate comprehension skills with a "real world" task, students were asked to summarize and respond to an excerpt from a college freshman textbook. The written responses of a group of both high school students (n=100) and college students (n=51) were analyzed through a checklist developed to assess students' understanding of the main ideas and significant details. Students' papers were also checked for inclusion of material extrinsic to the text and the general readability of their writings. The preliminary examination of the papers enabled a revision of the checklist to include greater specificity. The format was changed to machine-scorable multiple choice, and the instrument is being used as an informal method to assess students' skills. (Figures consisting of a sample scoring instrument and a placement item for the supplemental reading test are included.) (Author/KEH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Main Idea; Summarization
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Reading Association (35th, Atlanta, GA, May 6-11, 1990).