ERIC Number: ED417219
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Jan
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A Critical Review of New Jersey's High School Proficiency Test in Reading.
Behrman, Edward H.
This paper describes New Jersey's High School Proficiency Test (HPST) in reading, one of three tests given to all 11th graders as a state graduation requirement. Each reading passage represents one of four test types (narrative, informational, persuasive/argumentative, and workplace). Each passage is followed by multiple-choice items and at least one open-ended item, to measure literal (on-the-line), inferential (between-the-lines), and applied or critical inferential (beyond-the-lines) comprehension. The author concludes that the test responds favorably to several criticisms leveled against standardized reading tests, By using longer text or intact passages drawn from published academic, literary, or institutional sources, the test reasonably reproduces the kinds of academic reading tasks regularly faced by students. However, by failing to measure content-specific comprehension separately, the test does not account for students' differential content schemata. (Contains 19 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Jersey
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: New Jersey High School Proficiency Test