Assessment and Comprehension

  • Gary Woolley


Reading comprehension is a multifaceted and complex activity and cannot be easily assessed using simple instruments. For teachers to be able to make adequate assessment of their students they may need to employ a multifaceted approach with a thorough diagnosis of individual reading difficulties. Assessment should be dynamic; teachers should be using multiple sampling techniques to develop a broader understanding of a student’s engagement with reading. For example, the inclusion of a metacognitive focus will enable a more child-centered approach that incorporates techniques such as think-aloud strategies and the asking of appropriate questions related to the use of particular strategies during their reading. This will enable the design of appropriate interventions to suit the needs of individual children. Educators should use a responsive approach that will include a focus on a child’s ability to respond to instruction. Where possible, the student should be involved in assessment process so that they can develop appropriate self-monitoring and self-regulation skills.


Reading Comprehension Vocabulary Knowledge Receptive Vocabulary Poor Comprehenders Comprehension Difficulty 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Education and Professional StudiesGriffith UniversityBrisbaneAustralia

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