The Critical Reading Inventory: Assessing Students Reading and Thinking & Readers Passages / Edition 2

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This is the only reading inventory on the market to support the treatment of reading as a thinking process through questions and assessments that measure not only readers' ability to recall facts, but also whether they can draw logical conclusions about those facts and respond critically to those conclusions. This book includes both narrative and expository readers' passages for use with pre-K readers through readers in grade 9; and is written in an accessible, inviting style. Through the use of longer passages, multi-level assessments, and case studies, the authors provide a truly effective means to secure a differential analysis of a child's reading comprehension performance.

Three distinct levels of comprehension questions: text-based, inferential, and critical—assist in grouping readers by ability levels, from simple recall to critical engagement with text. Case studies of three levels of diagnostic analysis helps teachers understand the difference between readers who are having genuine difficulty and readers who are simply reluctant. Rubrics for retelling and for fluency stress that word recognition must be assessed within the context of comprehension. Inclusion of the simplified miscue analysis technique highlights both the reader's strategies and his/her orientation.


  • Automated Scoring and Interpretation Interview (ASII)--Teachers who use the ASII can include the formatted printouts as part of a student’s academic records.
  • Tutorials for Scoring Miscues, Retellings and Comprehension Items
  • DVD-ROM Video Demonstrations of the CRI--Gives teachers access to demonstrations of the proper techniques for administering the CRI. The DVD also makes the CRI easier to learn for teachers who would like to administer the assessment but who have limited experience in using informal reading inventories. In addition to video demonstrations, the DVD includes two extensive case studies that demonstrate the capabilities of the CRI as a diagnostic instrument.
  • Expanded Number of Passages per Grade Level--this feature will allow users to gather pre-test and posttest information about a reader’s performance, something that they could not easily do with the original CRI. It also allows for some flexibility in test administration. If a teacher feels, for example, that a student has simply not connected with the topic of a given passage or even has too much background knowledge has the option to test the child with a different passage.
  • Expanded Number of Grade Levels Assessed--this expanded range will allow users to assess older readers with a great deal more precision than was possible with the original CRI.
  • Expanded Technical Chapter--users who have been reluctant to consider the CRI because of the fear that the instrument has not been established statistically as a valid and reliable measure can put those fears to rest.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780137129751
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 8/6/2007
  • Format: Spiral Bound
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Section One Introduction to the Critical Reading Inventory

What is Critical Reading?

Why Assess Critical Reading?

Why a Critical Reading Inventory?

Who Will Use the CRI?

Special Features of the CRI

Potential Impact of the CRI


Section Two Description of the Critical Reading Inventory

Word Lists: Flash and Untimed

What Word Lists Cannot Do

Form A Passages: Narrative

Form B Passages: Informational

Oral reading and Miscue Analysis

The Nature of Miscues

Comprehension Check

Three Dimensions of Comprehension

1. Text-Based Items

2. Inference Items

3. Critical Response Items

Section Three Administration and Scoring of Critical Reading Inventory


1. Student Interview

2. Parent/Guardian Interview

3. Teacher Interview

Word Lists: Flash and Untimed

Oral Reading

Scoreable Miscues

Non-Scoreable Miscues

Miscue Analysis: Calculating and Interpreting the RAI and MMI

Miscue Analysis Worksheet

Examining Miscues: Using the Miscue Analysis Worksheet


Silent Reading

Comprehension Assessment: Retellings

Scoring Retellings

The Nature of Retellings

Comprehension Questions

Scoring Comprehension Questions

Administering the Listening Comprehension Test


Using the Recapitulation Record

Section Four Interpretation of Test Results

Levels of CRI Analysis

The Analysis of Reading Performance: What a Good Reader Does

Reading Levels on the CRI

Setting Reading Levels with the CRI

Section Five Technical Features of the CRI: Development and Validation

Field Testing

Constructing the Word Lists

Constructing the Interviews

Constructing the Passages


Assessment of Comprehension

Estimating Levels: The Betts Criteria


Section Six: Case Studies

Case Study One Test Records: Tamika

Discussion of CRI Results: Tamika

Case Study Two Test Records: John

Discussion of CRI Results: John


Appendix A Passage Length and Readability Data

Appendix B A Brief Guide to the ASII System

Appendix C Directions for Using the Demonstration DVD

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