ERIC Number: ED176234
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-Aug
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A Sentence Verification Technique for Measuring Reading Comprehension. Technical Report No. 137.
Royer, James M.; And Others
Two studies were conducted to assess whether a sentence verification technique for measuring reading comprehension was sensitive to reading difficulty of text. A total of 96 students in grades four through six read text passages two grade levels below reading level, at reading level, and two grade levels above reading level and then judged whether original, paraphrase, meaning change, and distractor sentences were the same or different in meaning from sentences in the text. Analysis of the proportion of correct responses and of scores based on a criterion-free measure of response accuracy indicated that the technique was sensitive to text difficulty. The sentence verification technique has a number of possible uses in such areas as development of instructional materials, reading diagnosis, and comprehension measurement in experimental research. It has an advantage over other comprehension measurement techniques popularly used in standardized testing in that it is not influenced by inferential reasoning ability or general world knowledge. (GT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Urbana. Center for the Study of Reading.; Bolt, Beranek and Newman, Inc., Cambridge, MA.