ERIC Number: ED088902
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1967-Jun
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A Study of the Achievement Test Used in the Health Examination Survey of Persons Aged 6-17 Years.
Schaie, K. Warner
The suitability of the Wide Range Achievement Test (WRAT) as a valid measure of school achievement for use on a national health survey is discussed. It was found that the Arithmetic and Reading sections of the 1963 Revised Wide Range Achievement Test have reasonably good construct validity as judged by their relation to the Stanford and the Metropolitan Achievement Tests. The WRAT was found to be suitable for use with children of widely differing socioeconomic backgrounds and different ability levels. The Arithmetic section was found to be valid at both high and low ability levels. The Reading section, however, was not suitable for high school students at the low end of the ability continuum. The validity of the WRAT as an estimate of grade level placement showed considerable variation. In spite of the fact that the validity coefficients vary considerably, depending on the grade level and geographical region involved, there is sufficient evidence of substantial correlation with criterion measures at every age level investigated to consider the WRAT a satisfactory brief estimate of school achievement. For a related document see TM003449. (Author/MLP)
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Authoring Institution: Public Health Service (DHEW), Rockville, MD.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Wide Range Achievement Test