ERIC Number: ED087183
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974
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Finding Kids with Special Needs: the Background, Development, Field Test and Validation.
Resource Management Systems, Inc., Carmel, CA.
Described are the development of "Findings Kids with Special Needs" (FKSN), a instrument to identify children's learning problems and gifted students; results of field testing with 24,825 children, kindergarten through grade 8, in 110 schools; and validation procedures. Discussed is test construction, including incorporation of 12 criteria such as low use of teacher time, and 39 vignettes (developed by 19 special educators) which describe 18 subcategories of need that can be grouped into the 10 major handicapping areas. The following is an example of a vignette: "Jane can read material which is about five grade levels above her class, however, her handwriting is poor and she is about average-to-above in most other subjects". Results of field testing in five midwestern states are given to show that 6,448 children had one or more areas of special need, that there were a total of 10,351 combined special needs (9% were severe), and that 993 teachers spent a minimum of 25 and a maximum of 55 minutes per class checking vignettes against observed student behaviors. School personnel requests for confidentiality are said to have been honored in computer assisted development of a student profile, building profile, and a master list of students for local school use. Discussed are results of validation procedures such as studies involving 24 special school children and 2,151 regular class children which show that the FKSN accurately identifies school children with learning problems. The FKSN is recommended to fill the gap between children already referred and children in need of special services, and to free special education staff from psychometric duties for more support to regular class teachers. (MC)
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Authoring Institution: Resource Management Systems, Inc., Carmel, CA.