ERIC Number: EJ793283
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Reference Count: 31
Assessing Reading Comprehension
Klingner, Janette K.
Assessment for Effective Intervention, v29 n4 p59-70 2004
Generally, experts agree on what good readers do to comprehend text--they connect new text with past experiences, interpret, evaluate, synthesize, and consider alternative interpretations. Yet, traditional measures of reading comprehension only provide a general indicator of how well a student understands text. They do not provide information about how the student uses cognitive and meta-cognitive processes or explain why a student may be struggling. This article discusses various traditional and innovative reading comprehension assessment measures, including standardized norm-referenced tests, informal reading inventories, interviews and questionnaires, anecdotal records and observations, oral retelling, free-writing, and think-aloud procedures. For each technique relative strengths and weaknesses are described.
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Informal Reading Inventories, Norm Referenced Tests, Cognitive Processes, Evaluation Methods, Student Evaluation, Reading Skills, Standardized Tests, Interviews, Questionnaires, Observation, Writing (Composition), Protocol Analysis
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