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Johns Basic Reading Inventory

Cover of Johns Basic Reading Inventory

The Johns Basic Reading Inventory is an informal reading inventory that helps educators to determine a student’s instructional, independent, and frustration reading levels and listening levels based on speed, accuracy, and comprehension. In addition, data obtained from the Johns is a fundamental element of the assessment process to determine the most effective literacy modalities for students with visual impairments.

Now in its 10th edition, it is available through Quota from APH (American Printing House for the Blind) in both contracted and uncontracted braille, as well as large print.






standard scores

Posted by Jen

Glad to help

Posted by Jennifer Arnott

Posted on January 28, 2015
Updated on: January 30, 2019

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Jennifer Arnott commented on June 21, 2016

Jen, I'm the Research Librarian here at Perkins, and I'm glad to help you - but I've got some questions about exactly what information would be useful to you (compared to what's in the BRI book). Can you email me at and we can sort it out in email?

Jen commented on June 20, 2016

I am doing an assignment for a college class and need to know the standard scores for the BRI assessment in fluency, accuracy, and comp for grades 2nd and 5th. I cannot find this information anywhere and I don't have a book as I have never given the BRI assessment. Thanks.