"The Diagnostic Reading Analysis" is a modern oral reading test designed specifically for less able readers from 7 to 16 years. The test is carefully structured, with an initial listening comprehension passage helping to confirm the starting point for each pupil. The pupil then goes on to read, and answer questions on, three graded passages - two fiction and one non-fiction - pitched at appropriate levels of difficulty. The purpose-written reading texts utilise NLS sight words, content and contexts with which pupils can readily engage, and are supported with full-colour illustrations. Each assessment takes just 10-15 minutes. No pupil has to take the whole test: the user-friendly Pupil Record points you to the next appropriate reading passage. The Pupil Record also shows at a glance which answers to the comprehension questions - literal and inferential - can be scored correct. "The Diagnostic Reading Analysis" has been fully standardised and provides measures of reading accuracy (as standardised scores and reading ages), reading rate and reading comprehension. Two parallel forms A and B allow for re-testing, and can additionally be used to assess short-term progress.
There is also provision for informal miscue analysis and for more detailed investigation: the (optional) Diagnostic Profiler CD-ROM helps you to produce a detailed diagnostic report, including prompts for appropriate follow-up, for each pupil. This Specimen Set contains the Test Booklet, Manual and one copy each of Pupil Records A and B, to allow you to evaluate the Diagnostic Reading Analysis (the specimen set does not include the optional Diagnostic Profiler CD-ROM).
Mary Crumpler and Colin McCarty are assessment specialists with long experience of developing tests, including National Curriculum SATs at Key Stages 1, 2 and 3. Mary Crumpler is a reading expert (see previous publications, below) affiliated to the East London Assessment Group at the University of East London. Colin McCarty headed up the Key Stage Assessment team at the University of Cambridge Local Exam Syndicate, before becoming test development manager at GOAL.