is it more accurate to use the 2nd RI testing as our baseline? I have seen on some Scholastic documents that the 2nd RI test is more accurate.

We did not target the first RI administration in September (RI settings were at default level 50% percentile) and some students seem to have higher or lower scores (now that I know them). Their was a significant drop for many from Sept to Dec RI administration. on the 3rd RI In March, there were mostly gains.

Posted on: March 18 2018
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  • AskDee

    Later testing on the Reading Inventory is can be closer to the students' reading scores than earlier testing, if you did not target the students. I'm not certain about discounting the first scores as a baseline. The second test would have occurred after a month or two of instruction. It is too late to go back and target the students, but you and your supervisors need to make that decision. (1 of 2) Dee, Ask Dee and the READ 180 Community


    I would suggest you read about this in the Reading Inventory Educator's Guide that you can find at I also can send you an older Best Practices guide if you email me directly at AskDee@sbcglobal.net. Those two manuals should guide you as you make your decisions. Dee, Ask Dee at the READ 180 Community

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