Literacy - New tests for reading

8th October 2010 at 01:00

A new assessment system for reading and comprehension was launched at the Scottish Learning Festival last month by GL Assessment, the company which bought out nfer-Nelson.

The York Assessment of Reading for Comprehension (YARC) was launched to Scottish teachers by educational psychologist Sue Stothard, from the Centre for Reading and Language at York University, which led its development.

The new tests had been prompted, she said, by the recognition that too many pupils who should have been "SEN-statemented" were going into secondary schools without their reading difficulties having been picked up.

The tests cover three age-groups: early reading (aged 4 to 7), which assess early word recognition, letter-sound knowledge, sound isolation and sound deletion; passage reading assessments for 5 to 11-year-olds, comprising fiction and non-fiction texts, and comprehension questions, including literal and inferential questions; and similar assessments for pupils aged 12 to 16.

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