Reading Assessment Techniques

Reading Assessment Techniques

Reading Assessment Techniques

Reading assessment techniques: Comprehension
Reading assessment techniques are used to help determine where a child is in his or her reading development. Comprehension is the most common type of reading test available. Comprehension assessment involves asking a child to read a passage of text that is matched appropriately for the child, and then asking some explicit, detailed questions about the content of the text. Other variations of comprehension assessment include asking the child to answer likely questions about information which was implied by the text, or evaluating the child’s ability to re-tell the story in his own words, or summarize the main idea or the moral of the story. A reading comprehension assessment is most accurate if the child is not reading for an audience.

Reading assessment techniques: Language
Reading assessment techniques include language comprehension. Language comprehension can be assessed in basically the same way as reading comprehension. With language comprehension assessment, the child is not expected to read any text. Everything from the instructions to the comprehension questions should be presented verbally. A child’s listening comprehension level is usually considerably higher than his or her reading comprehension level. A child that is not able to read and understand a passage of text usually has no difficulty understanding the text if somebody else reads it. For most young children learning to read, their ability to read and understand text is limited by their decoding skills, not by their comprehension skills.

Reading assessment techniques: Decoding
Reading assessment techniques include oral, or decoding. Children often attempt to guess words based on the context or on clues provided by pictures. Much of the time a child’s guesses are inaccurate, and their difficulties with decoding are revealed. Sometimes the child guesses correctly, making the teacher believe that the child accurately decoded the word. Typically, decoding skill is measured through the child’s ability to read words out of context. Isolated words are presented to the child one at a time, and the child is asked to say the word aloud. The words selected for a decoding test should be words that are within the child’s spoken vocabulary, and should contain a mix of phonetically regular and phonetically irregular words. At LearningRx, we train children with skills that will allow them to become better readers. Visit a local LearningRx center near you, or go to www.learningrx.com.

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