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Informal Reading Inventory (IRI)

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Carla James

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Transcript of Informal Reading Inventory (IRI)

Informal Reading Inventory (IRI)
Two questions critical to assessment

How severe is it?

What is the general area of the reading problem?

Reading problems fall into several general areas:

Emergent Literacy
Word Recognition Accuracy
Reading Fluency
Language and Meaning Vocabulary

Reading levels



Informal Reading Inventory (IRI)
Informal assessment tool

observing and analyzing reading performance
gathering information on student's strategies
administered individually
Does the student have
a reading problem?
Reading Levels
Student can read without teacher support

Student can read with teacher support

Level that is too hard for student
Jennings IRI
Word Lists (20 - 25 words)
Graded word lists

Determines which passage the student should read first

Begin with easiest and continues until score falls below 60%

Jennings IRI
Oral Reading passages
Introduction of material
Background questions
Student reads aloud
Miscue analysis
Record reading time (for fluency)
Comprehension questions

Jennings IRI

Silent Reading passages
Introduction of material
Background questions
Student reads silently
Record reading time (for fluency)
Comprehension questions

Oral Reading level
Word recognition accuracy, comprehension and fluency
Overall passage level

Silent Reading Level
Comprehension, retell and fluency
Overall passage level

Combine scores by comparing and choosing lowest level achieved
Scoring Example
Oral Silent Combined

(2) Independent Independent Independent
(3) Instructional Independent Instructional
(4) Frustrational Instructional Frustrational
(5) (not given) Frustrational
Student's combined reading levels:
Independent - Grade 2
Instructional - Grade 3
Frustrational - Grade 4
Results will help determine:

Emergent Literacy
Severity of reading problem
Word Recognition Accuracy
Miscue analysis
Reading Fluency
Literal, Implicit

Next Steps
Intervention Plan
Measuring growth

Jennings, J. H., Caldwell, J. A., & Lerner, J. W. (2010). Using an
Informal Reading Inventory for Assessment. In Reading
problems: Assessment and teaching strategies (pp. 100-133).
Boston, Mass: Allyn & Bacon.
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