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Sara Pappas
Re: Maze assessment: is it enough?
Fri Jun 12, 2015 18:23

I agree in your point about it being more of a multiple choice-like test rather than actually understanding the text. I definitely think the students need to start somewhere other than explaining the main idea of a text because that is extremely abstract but then again I just observed middle school students with ASD take the Extend 1 test where they are given 3 choices and they are told to pick the answer they believe is the correct one and it was so confusing to them. None of them got any of it correct because either they were upset at the words that were given or the numbers were out of order or they just flat out did not know the answer. This can be frustrating for a student who already struggles with comprehension. I think there should be a happy medium where the teacher demonstrates finding the main idea and conveys the answer in a reasonable, easy way. This should be based around the students ability and interests. So if the student uses an iPad it could be the student finds the sentence in the story that represents the main idea and high lights it with his finger. It could be a number of different strategies but that is a good point and I appreciate you bringing it up!

  • Maze assessment: is it enough? - macdonaldke, Fri Jun 12 15:11
    A technique that interested me was the "maze" assessment in which a text has every 5th-7th word deleted and a student must fill in the blanks from a choice of three. The article I read that described ... more
    • Response to Maze Assessment - Mary Carsley, Sat Jun 13 14:36
      I agree completely! The fill in the blanks types of assessments seem rather two dimensional to me, too. It does not seem to allow much room for inference or a deeper understanding of the story...It... more
    • Re: Maze assessment: is it enough? - Sara Pappas, Fri Jun 12 18:23
      • ipad idea - macdonaldke, Sun Jun 14 06:30
        I really like your idea of highlighting sentences that represent the main ideas in the text! I think this is a great start to gauge reading comp!
    • Re: Maze assessment: is it enough? - hinesjd, Fri Jun 12 17:35
      A great topic. My opinion on the matter is that I understand the purpose of the assessment and can see how it would be practical, but it does seem to be a bit of a risk. Suppose a student does guess... more
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