Are Comprehensive Reading Assessments Unfair? No Comprehension Without Prior Knowledge

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Paul A. Kirschner & Mirjam Neelen

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Reading comprehension (also known as close reading[1]; we use both terms interchangeably in this blog) is a high-stakes skill. After all, there are important consequences for whomever gets tested for it. For example, reading comprehension tests might impact getting a certificate or diploma, or might impact the choice for next level education, especially in schools / school systems that are streamed. Because reading comprehension is such a critical skill, we spend quite a lot of time and effort teaching and training it throughout our children’s school ‘career’. Parents even pay for expensive extra-curricular trainings to be more confident that their children will be successful in reading comprehension (i.e., score well on standardised reading comprehension tests) and everything that relates to it. This is somewhat understandable from a parents’ point of view. After all, their children are constantly tested for this skill, starting…

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  1. Pingback: Are Comprehensive Reading Assessments Unfair? No Comprehension Without Prior Knowledge — Fair schooling & assessment – Nonpartisan Education Group

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