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Why is passage metadata so important?

Last Updated: Oct 11, 2016 12:33PM EDT

Passage metadata is just as valuable as item metadata, and picking the right reading passage for a test is just as important as picking the right items. You can employ this metadata to properly gauge passage difficulty and more-easily build tests in line with your pacing guides and test blueprints. The metadata we provide allows you to get a three-dimensional view of the passage, as opposed to the flat, 2-D image that you get with by just seeing the passage title and genre.

How we can help

We understand the importance of passage metadata and having it available on demand when planning and building tests, so we’ve taken our Reading Passage List — which we make available to all of our customer districts — and put it online in our handy, new Passage Finder.




How to access

The Passage Finder is fully interactive, searchable, and customizable. For example: If you only want to see grade 3 Fiction passages that assess ELAGSE3.RL.1, you can. Each category, as well as the entire Reading Passage List, is fully searchable, so you can drill down to find exactly what you are looking for. And since it is online, you can access it from anywhere you have an Internet connection.

Access Our Online Passage Finder

NOTE: If you don’t see the type of passage you’re looking for, you can submit a passage request.

Passage metadata we provide

In addition to basic passage information, we provide a score of useful metadata for all of our reading passages:

Reading Passage Metadata

Passage Title


Passage Type


Passage Genre

Word Count


Item Count


Assessed Standards


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