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Is a false high score likely on DORA’s Silent Reading sub-test?

While it is possible for a child to produce a score on DORA which is much higher or lower than his or her comprehension ability, it is very unlikely when the assessment is administered properly. A false high score is particularly unlikely, because DORA is a very rigorous comprehension assessment which demands that children recall facts and make inferences about the text.
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Why do you use non-fiction passages?

Using non-fiction passages with topics taught in most classrooms across the nation provides less variability in assessment results. The language involved in generating non-fiction passages is easier to standardize, as it does not contain conversational colloquialisms that are often regionalized in the U.S. Also, non-fiction passages offer a range of topics common to many classrooms,
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Why do the Silent Reading sub-test scores on DORA seem low for my students?

Many factors affect a student's ability to successfully comprehend a text. Some students struggle with decoding the text they encounter or with the language structures (i.e., phrases and idioms) used. Other students may possess limited background knowledge about the topic of the text or they may not be interested in what they're reading. While Let's Go Learn's comprehension test presents students with non-fiction topics that they are likely to have encountered in school, some groups of students may have less familiarity with the subject matter in DORA than in other comprehension assessments.
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