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. If a child produces a score which is much higher than he or she can realistically comprehend, it is likely that the child possesses an unusually high degree of background knowledge about the passage. Low scores are more likely to happen when students are not properly prepared to take the DORA assessment or when they are fatigued on the day of testing. Thus, it is very important for teachers or parents to properly set up students' expectations prior to administering DORA.
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