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ERIC Number: ED186854
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Nov
Reference Count: 0
A Comparison of Performance on Cloze Tests, Group Reading Inventories and Standardized Reading Achievement in Grades Seven, Eight and Nine.
Rakes, Thomas A.; McWilliams, Lana J.
A random sample of 300 seventh, eighth, and ninth grade students participated in a comparative study of performance on social studies cloze tests, social studies group reading inventories (GRI), and a popular standardized test (Gates-MacGinitie Reading Tests, Survey E). It was found that cloze tests and GRIs constructed from social studies content differentiated instructional/independent level readers from frustration level readers. The cloze tests and GRIs appeared to measure different reading skills. The data also indicated that readers' performance on cloze tests and GRIs was significantly different from performance on a group standardized test, such as the Gates-MacGinitie test. It was concluded that teachers concerned with student textbook reading ability might try using informal types of reading assessment in addition to standardized reading achievement tests. (Author/RL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the College Reading Association (23rd, Boston, MA, November 1-3, 1979).