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ERIC Number: ED046672
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-May
Pages: 13
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An Informal Reading Inventory--A New Approach.
O'Brien, Patti
The idea of using the informal reading inventory (IRI) as a diagnostic instrument for placing children in their basal texts is a sound one. Traditional IRI's, however, based on random selection of passages from texts, tend to give inaccurate placements for children. This happens because the text pages do not always contain enough new words to sample the child's ability to handle that grade level's vocabulary. Therefore, a new method of devising an IRI is suggested in which new words are taken from the text and incorporated into an original paragraph. To discover the usefulness of this procedure, a traditional IRI and one based on the new method were administered to 10 second graders and 10 fourth graders. The Gray Oral Reading Test was also given. The results indicated that the new IRI (1) presented fewer total number of words per selection, with more new words in each; (2) required fewer selections to be read; and (3) gave an instructional-level score in 10 cases lower than the traditional IRI. Both inventories gave lower instructional scores than did the Gray Oral Reading Test. The issue that still remains for further investigation is the accuracy of placement. Tables and references are included. (Author/DH)
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Note: Paper presented at the International Reading Association convention, Anaheim, Cal., May 6-9, 1970