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PROBE - Prose Reading Observation, Behaviour and Evaluation
Assessment Area English-Reading
Year level 3-10
NZ origin? Yes
Standardised? No , although texts have been levelled through trialling
Administration to individual or group? Individual
What does it assess? Reading accuracy, reading behaviour and reading comprehension. It may also be used as a measure of silent reading comprehension and listening comprehension.
Purpose To provide an assessment for older students that gives the in-depth data of a running record
Validity Some apparent validity, but little data is available
Reliability No reliability data is available.
What measures does it give? Decoding and comprehension combine to calculate reading age
How long does it take to administer? 10 to 15 minutes per student
How much training is needed? Thorough reading of manual and practice on students.
Scoring and data analysis Requires the ability to take running records. Record of reading is taken using pre-printed sheets. PROBE keywords have been added to the kit in 2009.
Does it provide 'what next' strategies? Yes , references are given to other resources
Is it available in te reo Maori? Yes , Haurapa PROBE was published in 2007.
Cost? Sample costs February 2011, including GST:
PROBE Kit: $2220.00, with discounts for quantity
PROBE Reading Assessment and Supplementary Kit: $125.00. with discounts for quantity
PROBE Keywords: $20.00, with discounts for quantity
Author, date of publication and publisher Written by Chris Parkin, Catherine Parkin, Brian Pool, 2002
Published by Triune Initiatives

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Further Information

The PROBE consists of the Guide Book, including the explanatory material, question and answers, and photocopiable individual student assessment sheets, plus the Student Texts volume. PROBE keywords have been added to the kit in 2009.
It has 40 original passages, both fiction and non-fiction. These passages are described as being "geographically and culturally non-specific" and free from gender bias. The sets of prose material are arranged in order of length and difficulty from a 5-6 year reading level (as calculated by Elley's Noun Frequency Method, supplemented by the Fry Readability Formula and Holdaway's Sight Words approach, and modified by the collective experience of the authors) to those appropriate for competent 15-year-old readers.
Each passage has a set of open-ended questions designed to measure the student's depth of understanding. The number of questions per passage ranges from 5 at the lowest levels through to 10 at the upper levels. The sets of questions tap 6 types of comprehension: literal, inferential, vocabulary, evaluation, reorganisation and reaction. This is described as a unique feature of PROBE. Not every type of comprehension is sampled in every passage.

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