Education Report Roundup

Study Critiques Reading Tests Administered by Teachers

By Kathleen Kennedy Manzo — January 27, 2006 1 min read

“Enhancing Validity in Phonological Awareness Assessment Through Computer-Supported Testing” is available from Practical Assessment, Research & Evaluation.

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.