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Comparison of the STAR Reading Computer-Adaptive Test and the Scholastic Reading Inventory-Interactive Test

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DETAILS: Design: Reliability and validity research; Sample: 104 students in grades 1-11; Measures: star Reading, Scholastic Reading Inventory (SRI); Duration: January 2000.

RESULTS: Approximately 10 students per grade were administered star Reading and SRI-Interactive tests. the study showed that the SRI-Interactive test takes twice as long to complete and is significantly less reliable than star Reading. On the SRI-Interactive test, students frequently obtained scores in the maximum range, indicating that the test did not have sufficient top to it for discerning the reading levels of upper grade or higher ability students. Students in the lower grades or of lower reading ability often had extreme difficulty answering SRI-Interactive test questions and quickly became distracted or bored.

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