Assessing Comprehension Skills
The purpose for assessing reader’s comprehension and asking them a range of questions is to find out what they need to be taught to support in-depth understanding of text.
Comprehension assessment should reveal whether readers…
- can make sense of any given information at their appropriate reading age;
- are able to infer, evaluate and justify responses to questions about the text;
- understand and are able to personally relate to the author’s meaning;
- can consciously generate their own range of questions to monitor their understanding as they read.
The Think2Read Comprehension Assessment links to different types of comprehension question and answer that are directly linked to the criterion of National Curriculum objectives.
The Comprehension Assessments provide a useful baseline assessment and teaching focus to help teachers more easily and accurately assess their pupil’s reading progress and comprehension competencies .
|Assessment Focus||Comprehension Question Types||Purpose of question|
|AF2||Literal questions||to identify whether they can locate the main who, what, where information from text to answer questions|
|AF3||Inference questions||to identify whether they can infer, deduce and provide evidence for their answers from text|
|AF3/6/7||Evaluation questions||to identify whether they can empathise with characters using their own life experience and knowledge to explain the characters behaviour or possible motives|
|AF3/5/4||Clarification questions||to identify whether they can explain meaning of vocabulary and reason for the author’s use of language|