ERIC Number: ED103436
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Reading and Arithmetic Achievement Among Youths 12-17 Years as Measured by the Wide Range Achievement Test. Vital and Health Statistics Series 11, No. 136.
Hitchcock, Dale C.; Pinder, Glenn B.
National estimates of school achievement as measured by the reading and arithmetic subtests of the Wide Range Achievement Test (WRAT) for the noninstitutionalized population of the United States aged 12-17 years are presented. Data were obtained in the Health Examination Survey (HES) of 1966-70. In the survey a probability sample of 7,514 youths was selected to represent the 23 million adolescents aged 12-17 years residing in this country. Test results were presented by age, sex, and educational level in their raw score form to permit comparison with other studies using the WRAT. Percentile ranks and normalized standard score (T Score) equivalents of the raw scores have been included. The Cycle III HES data demonstrated a continued development of reading and arithmetic skills through the adolescent years and as formal education increased. Girls in the age range surveyed performed better than boys on the word recognition and pronunciation task presented by the WRAT. A similar finding came from HES Cycle II program when the Level I reading of the WRAT was administered to children 6-11 years old. No significant differences between boys and girls in arithmetic computational skills were found in either survey. (Author/BJG)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Achievement Tests, Adolescents, Age Differences, Arithmetic, Comparative Analysis, Measurement Techniques, National Surveys, Raw Scores, Reading, Secondary Education, Sex Differences, Socioeconomic Status, Tables (Data), Test Results
Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C. 20402 ($0.65)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Health Statistics (DHEW/PHS), Hyattsville, MD.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Wide Range Achievement Test