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The Classroom Assessment of Reading

Authored by: Peter P. Afflerbach , Byeong-Young Cho

Handbook of Reading Research

Print publication date:  October  2010
Online publication date:  March  2011

Print ISBN: 9780805853421
eBook ISBN: 9780203840412
Adobe ISBN: 9781136891427


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In this chapter we examine the contributions that different traditions of research and inquiry make to the conceptualization and use of classroom reading assessment. Understandings of reading and assessment are informed by research in psychology and psychometrics, as well as sociology, discourse studies, politics, and economics. All of these disciplines provide lenses through which the usefulness of reading assessment can be examined. An overarching goal of the chapter is to make legitimate inferences about classroom assessment that enhances teaching and learning, just as assessment allows for the inference of student, teacher, and school achievement.

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