ERIC Number: ED219458
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: N/A
Reading Test for New York State Elementary Schools, Grade 6-Form E. Manual for Administrators and Teachers.
New York State Education Dept., Albany. Div. of Educational Testing.
The Reading Test for New York State Elementary Schools is designed to determine the most difficult prose text a student can read with comprehension. Test uses described include evaluating the student's current level of achievement; determining reading difficulty levels for instruction; measuring growth of comprehension; determining statewide comprehension trends; and indicating remediation needs for success on the Regents Competency Test in Reading. The Reading Test consists of 11 nonfiction prose passages on selected topics organized into 77 test items formed by passage deletions requiring responses. The Degrees of Reading Power (DRP) test items' relationship to cloze procedures are shown. The test materials, preparation procedures, specific directions for administering the test, and recommendations for handscoring are discussed. In interpreting the results, the role of the State Reference Point cutoff for remediation is presented. Discussions of DRP methodology in instructional use, prose difficulty and readability scales: the validity and reliability of the test; and problems with grade-equivalent and grade-level readability scores cover the technical characteristics of the reading test. (CM)
Descriptors: Difficulty Level, Grade 6, Intermediate Grades, Latent Trait Theory, Readability, Reading Comprehension, Reading Diagnosis, Reading Improvement, Reading Tests, Remedial Instruction, State Programs, Test Validity, Testing Programs
New York State Education Department, Division of Educational Testing, Room 773 EBA, Albany, NY 12234.
Publication Type: Tests/Questionnaires; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New York State Education Dept., Albany. Div. of Educational Testing.