Maze Passage Creator


This Maze Passage Generator from Intervention Central largely automates the work of creating a Maze passage with user-entered content.

The application allows you three choices in selecting foils to be included in the Maze responses:

  1. Basic list of common English words. The application selects foils from a list of common words; this is the default outcome if the user does not select another choice.
  2. Words selected randomly from your passage. The application uses words randomly pulled from your passage as foils. This can be a good choice for more technical text, to ensure that foils are consistent with the overall passage content.
  3. Your own word list. You can enter a word list of your own that the application will use in selecting item foils for the Maze passage.

Curriculum-based measurement (CBM) Maze passages are timed measures that measure reading comprehension. They are better predictors of future reading performance than CBM oral reading fluency probes for students in grades 4 and higher (Hosp, Hosp & Howell, 2007). Students read Maze passages silently during assessment, so Maze can be administered to a whole class at one time. Passages used for Maze should be at least 300 words in length. The first sentence of the Maze passage is left intact. In the text following the first sentence, every seventh word from the passage is selected to be incorporated into a response item that consists of the original word plus two foils (words that would not make sense if substituted in the passage in place of the original, correct word). These three choices are randomly arranged and inserted back into the text. During a timed Maze administration, the reader silently reads the Maze passage; whenever he or she encounters a response item, the reader circles the word from the three choices that best restores the meaning of that segment of the passage. The reader continues until time expires. A good description of Maze passages and administration can be found in the manual Using CBM for Progress-Monitoring in Reading (Fuchs & Fuchs, 2007).


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January 18, 2016

I love to use current event passages or high-interest articles in these maze passages. Students are more engaged that way and better able to select the correct word based upon the context clues. This maze generator will even give you multiple readability estimates on a passage so that you know whether you are differentiating for the student’s independent reading level.