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ERIC Number: ED317563
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
Pages: 9
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Development of Local DIAL-R Norms: A Preliminary Analysis.
Witte, Ray; Fazey, Mark
The Developmental Indicators for the Assessment of Learning--Revised (DIAL-R) is a standardized developmental screening instrument designed to assess the motor, language (both receptive and expressive), and conceptual skill levels of children 2 to 6 years of age. The appropriateness of national norms for children in Kentucky was studied in a norming project involving 768 kindergarten students from Jessamine County for a period of over 2 years. Local means and standard deviations were determined for comparison with national norms. Means for the Kentucky sample were significantly higher than were those for corresponding national norms, except for the 4-year, 6-month to 4-year, 8-month age interval. Reasons for these differences are discussed. The Jessamine County group also demonstrated more developmental score variability than was obtained with the national data, possibly a reflection of the heterogeneity of the entering kindergarten population. These results underscore the importance of using local norms for standardized tests; they affirm the need for comparing kindergarten pupils to their local classmates in order to obtain a better picture of developmental progress and school readiness. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Kentucky
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Developmental Indicators for the Assessment Learning