Diagnostic Management Software


n contrast to achievement tests, diagnostic tests are designed to analyze individual performance and identify special disabilities. Most of these tests are concerned with reading, but a few have to do with mathematical skills. The reading tests range from group tests for rapid but superficial checking to individual tests of an intensive clinical nature. The latter usually provide detailed check lists of errors, and frequently utilize a tachis- toscope, ophthalmoscope, or other apparatus. The following are representative samples of both types of tests:Iowa Silent Reading Tests. This short, widely used group test consists of an elementary battery (grades 4-8) and an advanced battery for high school and college. Both cover rate of reading, vocabulary, sentence comprehension, paragraph comprehension, use of an index, as well as a test of “directed reading” in which the subject identifies parts of a paragraph that answer given questions.Nelson-Denny Reading Test. A test for high school, college, and adult groups, yielding separate scores on vocabulary, reading comprehension, and reading rate, with norms based on a large nationwide sample.Diagnostic Reading Tests. A more intensive series, for grades 7-13, containing (a) a survey section for an entire class, testing vocabulary and ability to read and comprehend story and textbook material; and (b) a diagnostic battery from which tests can be selected according to difficulties revealed on the survey test. This battery measures vocabulary from various subjects,