ERIC Number: ED326855
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988
Reference Count: N/A
Tests of Reading Comprehension (TORCH) Pilot Study.
Burgon, J. R.
A New Zealand pilot study examined Tests of Reading Comprehension (TORCH) scores compared to PAT: Reading Comprehension scores and compared with teacher ratings. TORCH is a reading test package published in 1987 by the Australian Council for Educational Research. It consists of 14 untimed passages intended to assess the extent to which readers in the Standard 2 to Form 5 age range are able to obtain meaning from text. It is based on a modified cloze format in which students are presented with a passage of text, and a retelling of the passage in different words. Approximately 350 pupils from Standard 3, Form 1, and Form 3 were tested on a TORCH passage and the appropriate level of the PAT. Teachers also rated their pupils' reading comprehension on a 1-5 scale. The study looked at overall correlations between the tests, and between teacher ratings and each of the tests, as well as correlations by gender, socioeconomic status, and ethnic group. Overall, results indicated that pupils' scores on TORCH correlated well with PAT and with teacher ratings. Since teacher ratings are based on standard classroom practice, these results present an encouraging picture of the validity of TORCH for the New Zealand classroom. For Maori and Pacific Island groups, correlations with both teacher ratings and the PAT were generally the same or higher than correlations for the European group. (Eleven tables of data are included.) (SR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New Zealand Council for Educational Research, Wellington.
Identifiers - Location: New Zealand