ERIC Number: EJ1059512
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Apr
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Psychometric Characteristics of Single-Word Tests of Children's Speech Sound Production
Flipsen, Peter, Jr.; Ogiela, Diane A.
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, v46 n2 p166-178 Apr 2015
Purpose: Our understanding of test construction has improved since the now-classic review by McCauley and Swisher (1984) . The current review article examines the psychometric characteristics of current single-word tests of speech sound production in an attempt to determine whether our tests have improved since then. It also provides a resource that clinicians may use to help them make test selection decisions for their particular client populations. Method: Ten tests published since 1990 were reviewed to determine whether they met the 10 criteria set out by McCauley and Swisher (1984), as well as 7 additional criteria. Results: All of the tests reviewed met at least 3 of McCauley and Swisher's (1984) original criteria, and 9 of 10 tests met at least 5 of them. Most of the tests met some of the additional criteria as well. Conclusions: The state of the art for single-word tests of speech sound production in children appears to have improved in the last 30 years. There remains, however, room for improvement.
Descriptors: Psychometrics, Tests, Phonemes, Speech Communication, Criteria, Test Validity, Morphology (Languages)
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