ERIC Number: EJ761834
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jul
Reference Count: 39
How Reliable Are Informal Reading Inventories?
Spector, Janet E.
Psychology in the Schools, v42 n6 p593-603 Jul 2005
Informal Reading Inventories (IRI) are often recommended as instructionally relevant measures of reading. However, they have also been criticized for inattention to technical quality. Examination of reliability evidence in nine recently revised IRIs revealed that fewer than half report reliability. Several appear to have sufficient reliability for lower stakes decisions such as selection of classroom reading materials, but not for higher stakes purposes such as identification of reading difficulties. This article provides recommendations for improving IRI reliability and addresses the need for expanded guidelines for evaluating reliability, particularly for measures of score agreement. (Contains 1 table.)
Descriptors: Informal Reading Inventories, Reading Instruction, Reading Difficulties, Reading Research, Test Reliability, Item Analysis, Meta Analysis, Evaluation Research, Research Methodology, Quality Control, School Psychology, Psychometrics
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Reading)