PROBE2 reading comprehension assessment
Chris Parkin & Catherine Parkin
© Triune Initiatives 2011
Fully understanding text requires close, intelligent reading. For many readers understanding doesn't come easy. Even the seemingly best readers have some difficulties. We need in-depth data about a student's ability to read & understand text. A good assessment's results can and should be used to determine teaching.
PROBE 2 is primarily designed to be a controlled in-depth interview
to help teachers achieve a greater understanding of:
• how readers engage with text
• what specific teaching is required.
FOR USE BY
specialists and classroom teachers.
FOR USE WITH
• 7 year-olds to adults - wherever English is being read.
• younger students who decode well.
• students learning to read English as a second language.
BOOK 1 Manual
Guide, Determiner, Answers (with keywords) & Copymasters
Includes a Students' Guide CD
BOOK 2 Student Texts
Students' Guide, Determiner wordlists, texts with questions
• Forty original texts (no extracts or retold stories)
• Twenty levels (5 to 15.5 years with 6 month overlaps)
• Fiction and non-fiction at every level
• No pictures & minimal title clues (for testing text only)
• Culturally & geographically non-specific texts
• Standard International English
• Targeted, defined comprehension questions
• Forty new, original and challenging stories
• Layout changes (particularly in the manual)
• More comprehensive and user-friendly recording sheet
• Determiner included in the manual (not a separate book)
• More precisely defined taxonomy of question types
• Expanded answer section (one page per text)
• More precise/comprehensive answers (reduces misinterpretation)
• Key words with all answers (not a separate book)
• More notes (placed immediately below answers)
• A balance of question types for each text.
Six targeted and defined question types -
for a clearer analysis of the reader’s comprehension ability.
Finding information that is given directly in the text.
Answers are found in a single sentence.
Reconstructing two or more literal pieces of information
contained in the text.
Pieces can be within two adjacent sentences
or scattered throughout the text.
Deducing information not given directly in the text.
'Simple' inference (relevant information is not widely scattered).
Determining the meaning of unknown words from context.
Vocabulary questions can be solved within context.
Gathering information and drawing inferences.
'Complex' inference (relevant information is more widely spread).
Expressing an opinion based on information given in the text.
The text has to form the basis of that opinion.
There are four options to choose from:
OPTION 1: Informal Reading Inventory
OPTION 2: Silent Reading Comprehension
OPTION 3: Listening Comprehension
OPTION 4: Written Comprehension*
*secondary/adult readers in certain circumstances only.
PURCHASE THIS RESOURCE
4-page quick guide to PROBE2. Includes information on using the Students' Guide CD
PROBE is designed
to be used one-to-one
to give greater insight
into reading behaviours
PROBE2 STORY DEVELOPMENT
PROBE2 has new, original stories and specific questions.
The stories are (as much as possible) culturally and geographically unbiased.
There are no pictures, titles
or introductions - things that can interfere with ascertaining how students unravel text only.
The primary purpose
is to gather relevant data
for teaching purposes.
PROBE2 & KEY SERIES
The KEY comprehension series is directly related to PROBE2 question types: reorganisation, inference, evaluation & reaction.
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