ERIC Number: EJ1019520
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Oct
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 32
Reliability and Validity of the Devereux Early Childhood Assessment (DECA) as a Function of Parent and Teacher Ratings
Barbu, Otilia C.; Levine-Donnerstein, Deborah; Marx, Ronald W.; Yaden, David B., Jr.
Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, v31 n5 p469-481 Oct 2013
This study examined reliability and validity of the Devereux Early Childhood Assessment (DECA), based on samples of parents and teachers' ratings of 1,145 entering kindergartners in the Southwest. Confirmatory factor analysis showed that DECA presented good reliability and validity for manifest variables, corroborating previous findings. Three latent variables (initiative, self-control, and attachment) substantiated reliability estimates but showed insufficient discriminant validity because of multicollinearity among latent variables. We recommended caution in interpreting and applying results of DECA assessments in practice because of a lack of discriminant validity. Thus, these findings addressed the need for researchers, educators, and policy makers to consider alternative instruments for early identification of social and emotional problems in young children until new research and a revised DECA model show evidence for the validity of outcomes.
Descriptors: Test Reliability, Test Validity, Young Children, Kindergarten, Standardized Tests, Norm Referenced Tests, Behavior Rating Scales, Factor Analysis, Structural Equation Models, Parents, Preschool Teachers, Surveys
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Kindergarten; Early Childhood Education
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Identifiers - Location: Arizona