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Assessing Comprehension
Fri May 29, 2015 17:00

Last semester I worked with students with dyslexia and comprehension was also an issue for them, as they would focus on decoding certain words and lose focus on the meaning of what they were reading. We assessed their comprehension by following their reading passages with inference and opinion-based questions. We made sure to select questions that they couldn't just look back at the text to answer. We would read the questions aloud (so they wouldn't get distracted trying to decode the question) to the student, and rephrase the question if they seemed confused by the wording. We tracked how many they got wrong/right so we could monitor improvement. If the student got a question wrong we would discuss it and how they could use the text to answer the question.

  • Reading Comprehension Assessment - Kelsie Fender, Fri May 29 15:09
    In the Carnahan article, there are three main theories presented including Theory of Mind, Weak Central Coherence, and Executive function. These three theories present issues that students with ASD... more
    • Reading Comprehension Assessment - hildebranak, Fri May 29 19:46
      I think a group assessment on reading comprehension is a good idea. I think it helps students remember some parts of the text that they may have forgotten about and realize something that they may... more
    • Re: Reading Comprehension Assessment - hinesjd, Fri May 29 17:35
      I really enjoyed this article, especially that aspect of it. I think one of best ways I have seen used to assess a student's true comprehension level is to have them read a story and retell it to... more
      • Reading Comprehension Assessment Reply - Kelsie Fender, Fri May 29 22:34
        I like that idea as well. I have found that questions can be more telling than we intend for them to be. One of my teachers told our class last year that she attended a forum on multiple choice... more
    • Assessing Comprehension - brawleyeo, Fri May 29 17:00
      • teaching comprehension - koppenhaverd, Mon Jun 1 15:10
        I'll introduce the whole-to-part model of reading comprehension in Week #3 and show you a more systematic approach to identifying needs and teaching reading comprehension.
      • types of questions - catheyt, Sat May 30 20:22
        The types of questions used to assess comprehension is absolutely important. Asking questions that are different higher order thinking is a good way to assess the depth of a students understanding.... more
        • Types of questions - brawleyeo, Sat May 30 20:52
          I agree. What other ways could you assess comprehension without focusing so much on those higher order questions, so they would they're better able to answer them in the future?
      • Reading Comprehension Assessment Reply - Kelsie Fender, Fri May 29 17:27
        I hadn't thought of how this would also affect children with dyslexia. I like your idea of using thought provoking questions that wouldn't allow students to just copy answers from the text. I have... more
    • Comprehension Assessment Reply - andersenal, Fri May 29 16:05
      Kelsie, I think that placing students into pairs and small groups is a great way to help with comprehension, like you said. While in these pairs and groups, the teacher could have some discussion... more
      • I really like your idea of recording group discussions in order to assess comprehension. It would motivate students to stay on topic, participate, and give it their best. The only problem I find with ... more
      • Journal idea - Jordan Seagraves, Fri May 29 17:29
        Mandy, I really like the journal idea. I believe that this is something that every student can have and will not require to much class time for a teacher, because they can read entries when students... more
      • Reading Comprehension Assessment Reply - Kelsie Fender, Fri May 29 17:17
        Thank you for your input. Both of those ideas are brilliant. I think a mixture of both the recording and journaling ideas would be a great way for the teacher to assess each student without the time... more
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