In This Issue . . .
There 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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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.
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.
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