Sun. May 16th, 2021


This study was conducted between 1985 and 1987. It sought to assess the quality of reading comprehension test items through the methods of item analysis and discrimination index. 540 subjects responded to 11 sets of multiple choice reading comprehension questions. 7 of the items yielded fair discrimination indices from .30 to ranging .66. 3 of the items gave weak discrimination indices of between .06 and .19. One gave a superficially good index of .54. Findings suggest very strongly that the quality of question items could be spotted through item analysis and discrimination index. The pedagogical implications of the study are highlighted.