The Problem with Reading Tests

  • Steven Schwartz


The ability to read is an invaluable asset in our modern, technologically oriented society. Given the importance of reading and of identifying those who will have difficulty learning to read, it is no surprise that many attempts have been made to develop practical measures of reading skills. Today, there are dozens of commercially available reading tests that may be used to determine who is having trouble learning to read. Indeed, it seems that reading tests have probably reached the maximum predictive power attainable given the usual restrictions on time and expense. Unfortunately, this concentration on predictive validity (predicting who will have trouble learning to read) has overshadowed attempts to examine reading competence at a more theoretical level. The purpose of this book is to begin to redress the balance by showing how theoretically meaningful reading measures may be developed.


Reading Test Reading Process Reading Competence Test Constructor Sound Theoretical Basis 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1984

Authors and Affiliations

  • Steven Schwartz
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  1. 1.University of QueenslandSt. LuciaAustralia

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