ERIC Number: ED211608
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Inter-Judge Agreement in Classifying Students as Learning Disabled.
Epps, Susan; And Others
Eighteen judges with backgrounds in assessment, decision making, and learning disabilities were asked to use an array of information to differentiate learning disabled (LD) and non-learning disabled students. Each judge was provided with forms containing information on 42 test or subtest scores of 50 school-identified LD students and 49 non-LD students. Judges were extremely inaccurate in their classifications and in little agreement with each other. Also, it appeared that different judges emphasized different factors when making their decisions. The results suggest that, give current definitions of the condition called "learning disabilities," there is little basis for the hope that school personnel are going to be able accurately to identify such students. (Author/CE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Special Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. Inst. for Research on Learning Disabilities.