Reading Tests: What They Measure
& Don't Measure

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Girls struggling with reading testThere are two important realities in testing.

  • Tests do not always measure what they appear to measure
  • Not all tests measure reading, writing, and math skills comprehensively

Reading comprehension is a complex entity. You may think of it as a single skill or a single subtest score, but children with poor reading comprehension may struggle with a variety of deficits.

In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate you will learn about commonly used educational achievement tests that measure different skills in reading.

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Boy Reading

Learning About Reading Tests

Does your child need to take the WRMT-R, the GORT, the KTEA, or the PIAT-R? Sound confusing?

There is considerable variation from one reading test to another. There is no one reading test that measures reading skills comprehensively. Different reading tests measure different types of reading skills.

Learn What Reading Tests Measure - and Don't Measure, by Dr. Melissa Farrall.

 
Girl taking reading test

What Reading Tests Measure

Some reading comprehension tests can be challenging for children with expressive language disorders. Some children may not understand as well when they read silently as when they read aloud.

Some children may have difficulty understanding what they have read because they work too hard at word recognition. Other students may have gaps in their phonics skills and may not recognize words with accuracy.

Learn more about Reading Tests...


Boy Reading

Comprehensive Reading Evaluations

Comprehensive evaluations in reading should include measures of:

  • phonological awareness and rapid naming
  • word recognition
  • nonsense words
  • fluency
  • silent reading comprehension
  • oral reading comprehension

Teacher helping girl to read

It is Alarming that So Many Children are Not Learning to Read

If your child was in 5th grade and reading on the 2.7 grade level, wouldn’t you be alarmed? Wouldn’t you want a research based reading program that has a proven record of success before your child falls even further behind? Find out why...

 

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