McKenna and Stahl layout two main reasons for comprehension assessment. One is to “gauge the degree to which a student has comprehended a particular selection,” and the other is to “estimate the general level of proficiency” (McKenna & Stahl, 2011, p. 160). Comprehension can be assessed in a variety of different ways from formal to informal assessments. One of the basic ways to assess comprehension is by asking questions Some informal assessments that are used to evaluate comprehension are asking the reader to provide a retelling of the text, summarization, observe journal entries, the Qualitative Reading Inventory (QRI-5), graphic organizers, and simple observation. Some formal assessments that evaluate comprehension are Iowa Test of Basic Skills, MEAP, and certain cloze tests. With comprehension assessments, evaluating patterns and understanding the strengths and weaknesses of the reader’s comprehension skills is highly more useful than simply looking at the score the reader received on the assessment.

Here is a sample of a cloze assessment from McKenna & Stahl, 2009, p. 179.

**note: all cloze assessment do not asses comprehension in an efficient way