Published Online: January 27, 2006

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Study Critiques Reading Tests Administered by Teachers

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Tests of basic reading skills administered by teachers produce inconsistent results because of differences in teachers’ pace and delivery of the assessment questions and the tests’ own lack of specificity, a report suggests.

Giving the tests by computer with prerecorded voices, however, would improve the validity of the tests, the study by researchers at Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., concludes. The study was published in the November 2005 edition of Practical Assessment, Research & Evaluation.

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