DEVELOPING A TEST FOR ASSESSING ELEMENTARY STUDENTS’ COMPREHENSION OF SCIENCE TEXTS

  • Jing-Ru Wang
  • Shin-Feng Chen
  • Reuy-Fen Tsay
  • Ching-Ting Chou
  • Sheau-Wen Lin
  • Huey-Lien Kao
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s10763-011-9307-y

Cite this article as:
Wang, JR., Chen, SF., Tsay, RF. et al. Int J of Sci and Math Educ (2012) 10: 955. doi:10.1007/s10763-011-9307-y

Abstract

This study reports on the process of developing a test to assess students’ reading comprehension of scientific materials and on the statistical results of the verification study. A combination of classic test theory and item response theory approaches was used to analyze the assessment data from a verification study. Data analysis indicates the test has satisfactory validity and reliability. The Reading Comprehension of Science Test (RCST) components have a wide range of difficulty, which suggests that the RCST is appropriate for a relatively large percentage of students. Based on the accepted relationships among science, language, and literacy, integrated literacy–science instructions are highly recommended.

Key words

assessment reading comprehension science texts 

Copyright information

© National Science Council, Taiwan 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jing-Ru Wang
    • 1
  • Shin-Feng Chen
    • 1
  • Reuy-Fen Tsay
    • 1
  • Ching-Ting Chou
    • 1
  • Sheau-Wen Lin
    • 1
  • Huey-Lien Kao
    • 1
  1. 1.National Pingtung University of EducationPingtungRepublic of China

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