Departmental Bulletin Paper Computerized Dynamic Assessment of L2 Reading Comprehension Ability

CARNEY, Nathaniel

The article proposes the need for computerized dynamic assessment as a complementary assessment strategy to standardized reading comprehension tests which only offer static portrayals of learner's abilities. First, the differenses between dynamic and static tests are examined. Then, an overview of L1 and L2 dynamic reading assessments and computerized dynamic reading assessments to date is provided. Within this overview, particular attention is paid to the types of mediational prompts that have been used in computerized dynamic assessments to date. The need for computerized dynamic assessments with both valid test items and theoretically-based mediational prompts is emphasized. The paper concludes addressing concerns about computerized dynamic assessments and ways to address those concerns.

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