Johns, Jerry L. This paper describes the Basic Reading Inventory, an individually administered informal reading test composed of a series of word lists and graded paragraphs which the child reads aloud to the teacher. Comprehension questions follow the reading of each paragraph. The contents include: "Preface"; "Description of the Basic Reading Inventory"; "Purposes of the Basic Reading Inventory"; "Testing Materials," which discusses the manual, performance booklets, test cards for word recognition, and test cards for the graded paragraphs; "Administering and Scoring the Basic Reading Inventory," which looks at establishing rapport and administering the word recognition test and graded paragraphs; "Determining Reading Levels," which discusses the independent, instructional, and frustration reading levels, determining reading levels from the word recognition test, and determining reading levels from the word recognition score in context; "Assimilating the Results for the Basic Reading Inventory"; and "Using the Basic Reading Inventory to Enhance Instruction," which examines ways of determining strengths and weaknesses in word attack and comprehension and analyzing miscues and developing strategy lessons.
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Johns has been recognized as a distinguished teacher, writer, outstanding teacher educator, and popular professional development speaker for schools, school districts, and conferences. He has taught students from kindergarten through graduate school and also served as a reading teacher. Professor Johns spent his career at Northern Illinois University. He served in leadership positions at the local, state, national, and international levels. He also served on the Board of Directors for each of these organizations as well as the American Reading Forum.
Johns has authored or coauthored nearly articles, monographs, and research studies as well as over 40 professional books. His Basic Reading Inventory, now in the 12th edition, is widely used in undergraduate and graduate classes as well as by practicing teachers. She directs the NIU Literacy Clinic and teaches reading courses for undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students, including practicums in reading assessment and instruction.
Prior to her current position, Dr. Elish-Piper worked as an elementary and middle school teacher and an educational therapist in a clinical setting. She has also developed, implemented, and evaluated family literacy programs for inner-city families and their young children. Elish-Piper is active in many professional organizations. Elish-Piper consults with schools and family literacy programs across the Midwest.
She also regularly presents at international, national, state, and local professional conferences. Her research, publications, and presentations focus on literacy coaching, family literacy, parent involvement, reading strategy instruction, and literacy teacher education. She has authored or co-authored more than 40 publications including books, chapters, articles, videos, and instructional materials.
She has grown up with the Basic Reading Inventory, assisting her father author Dr. Jerry L. Johns with presentations at Northern Illinois University and the University of Victoria in British Columbia as an example test student. For the last two editions of the Basic Reading Inventory, she has been instrumental in field-testing many new and revised passages.
Her contributions for this edition focus primarily on refining and strengthening the materials for grades 3—12, while adding fresh insight to the project as a whole. Each edition includes the suggestions for using the insights that are gained with this instrument. Learning to administer the BRI has been a significant element contributing to the outstanding quality of our programs!
Joyce C. Fine, Ed. It also has explicit directions for administration and interpretation of the assessments, practice scoring scenarios, and questions to aid the understanding of the Basic Reading Inventory. Having multiple passages to choose from also makes it easier to evaluate various reading strategies in oral, silent, and listening reading modes. Directions for miscue analysis and an excellent mix of comprehension questions, including directions for retellings, gives the teacher confidence in both implementation and scoring.
Kenneth Schatmeyer, Ph. Jennifer L. Altieri, Ph. Alvin Granowsky, Ed. The inventory always gives an excellent breakdown of where children are struggling in their reading. Rhonda Morris, M. Lynne Zimmer, Learning Solutions, Inc. Thank you for making this test available to our students! Linda J. Button, University of Colorado - Colorado Springs There are so many aspects of Basic Reading Inventory that it really makes getting a whole picture of a student as a reader just so easy.
The word lists, the variety of forms, the expansive range of levels, its organization, and all the supports that Jerry Johns provides. It "opened" my eyes and thinking to not just what was "wrong.
Susan M. Tancock, Ph. Erika S. Gray, PhD, University of North Carolina at Greensboro My pre-service teachers have found the Basic Reading Inventory a great tool to determine what reading comprehension difficulties keep their students from complete understanding of a text. It guides them through each step of the assessment process. I am very pleased that the reading passages address levels pre-primer through grade 12 and that many passages are available at each level, both for oral reading and silent reading.
Gianna Tedesco B. We have found it very helpful in identifying students with potential learning differences. This tool also, gives our teachers many ways in which to keep track of student progress throughout the year. The word lists allow for fast initial assessment. They help me gauge the approximate reading level prior to moving to the reading passages.
I also appreciate that the entire reading record can be done in just a few minutes. Joyce R. Jeewek, Ed.
Johns Basic Reading Inventory
Johns has been recognized as a distinguished teacher, writer, outstanding teacher educator, and popular professional development speaker for schools, school districts, and conferences. He has taught students from kindergarten through graduate school and also served as a reading teacher. Professor Johns spent his career at Northern Illinois University. He served in leadership positions at the local, state, national, and international levels. He also served on the Board of Directors for each of these organizations as well as the American Reading Forum. Johns has authored or coauthored nearly articles, monographs, and research studies as well as over 40 professional books. His Basic Reading Inventory, now in the 12th edition, is widely used in undergraduate and graduate classes as well as by practicing teachers.
Basic Reading Inventory: Kindergarten through Grade Twelve and Early Literacy Assessments
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