Minnesota Inference Assessment (MIA)

MIA is a web-based measure of inference processes in a non-reading context. Specifically, MIA uses age-appropriate fiction and nonfiction videos, accompanied by multiple choice inferential questioning to assess pre- and early readers' inferencing skills in grades K-2.

Currently, there are very few measures of inferential processes in the context of reading comprehension. Those that do exist have inherent limitations in administration and scoring, and very few are suited for students in the early elementary years. Importantly, MIA addresses many of the limitations of existing measures in that it:

  • Evaluates moment-by-moment inferential processes
  • It does not depend on decoding
  • Shows feasibility for easy and efficient classroom administration
  • Offers multiple equivalent forms to monitor student progress as well as evaluate the effects of instruction.

Reading comprehension has traditionally been assessed after students engage with a text. This type of assessment provides little insight into the actual processes during comprehension and even less for nonreaders. Yet, it is these processes that determine the success or failure in comprehension. MIA addresses these needs.

MIA was developed to be a functional, scalable, cloud-based assessment of inferential processes that will provide fully automated test administrations, analytics, and score reports that can help teachers make informed, data-based decisions regarding their students' needs.