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Why aren’t students allowed to re-read the passages when answering questions?

Allowing students to re-read passages introduces a new variable to the assessment that is difficult to control for.  That is, some students choose to re-read the passage over again while other students choose not to re-read the passage.  Allowing students to re-read a passage thus increases the variability of the comprehension sub-test score.

By allowing students to read the passages only once, DORA provides a better indicator of how well students will perform in realistic reading situations.  This gets back to the purpose of DORA, which is to provide diagnostic data for teachers to guide instruction.

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  1. Richard Capone
    Reply 01/13/15

    Hello Veronica:
    If you allow students to take notes, it does change the nature of the measure.  Normally, without re-reading we are testing students’ ability to internalize what they are reading and then answer questions.  Our goal was to test how well students comprehend in a content learning setting.  So for instance, can they read 2-3 chapters of a textbook and then discuss it the next day at school.  Allowing students to take notes and then use those in answering questions will change how DORA measures comprehension.  Thus, the short answer is that you shouldn’t instruct students to take notes on passage.  They should not have note paper available to them for DORA.

  2. Veronica Fernandez
    Reply 01/13/15

    While students are not allowed to re-read passages is it okay for students to write notes (pencil and paper) during the DORA reading comprehension component of the assessment?

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