ERIC Number: ED269954
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Predicting Outcomes in a Statewide Preschool Screening Program Using Demographic Data. Early Childhood Assessment Project Research Report #5.
Ysseldyke, James E.; O'Sullivan, Patrick J.
The ability of social, economic, and educational variables to predict screening outcomes among 398 school districts in a statewide preschool screening program was examined. First, salient demographic and educational variables were identified and reduced to five global factors using principal components factor analysis. Then, five factor scores and one additional variable (percentage of handicapped students) for each school district were evaluated as predictors of screening outcomes. In Study 1 the screening outcome was membership in groups of screening programs with the lowest versus highest referral rates. In Study 2 the screening outcome was referral rates among the screening programs. Results from both studies indicated that screening outcomes were not related to broad social, economic, and educational factors in any simple way. Alternative explanations are discussed, as well as implications for research on both intra- and inter-program factors that may influence the screening of preschoolers. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis.
Note: For other reports in this series, see EC 182 736-741.