Selecting and validating tasks from a kindergarten screening battery that best predict third grade educational placement

Marcia Strong Scott, Christine F. Delgado, Shihfen Tu, Kathryn L. Fletcher

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Abstract

In this study, predictive classification accuracy was used to select those tasks from a kindergarten screening battery that best identified children who, three yean later, were classified as educable mentally handicapped or as having a specific learning disability. A subset of measures enabled correct classification of 91 % of the children in those special education categories and 85 % of the children in regular education. Although there was a high percentage of false positives, 57% of these children were actually poor achievers in third grade. Lower screening scores were associated with being tested in Spanish or both English and Spanish, minority status and low SES.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)377-389
Number of pages13
JournalEducation and Training in Developmental Disabilities
Volume40
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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