ERIC Number: EJ1060756
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jun
Reference Count: 6
Test Review: "Developmental Indicators for the Assessment of Learning, Fourth Edition" (Dial-4), by C. Mardell-Czudnowski & D. S. Goldenberg
Coughlan, Kelly A.
Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, v33 n3 p291-295 Jun 2015
The "Developmental Indicators for the Assessment of Learning, Fourth Edition" (DIAL-4), is an individually administered screening test of skills and associated rating forms designed to identify children ages 2 years 6 months to 5 years 11 months who may be in need of diagnostic assessment or intervention across five developmental domains. The screening domains align with the National Educational Goals Panel, National Association for the Education of Young Children and Head Start Domains and Standards. The test authors reject use of the DIAL-4 as a kindergarten readiness test. Rather, the test authors state, "Its sole purpose is to distinguish between children who may be at risk for academic failure and those who are not at risk" (Mardell-Czudnowski & Goldenberg, 2011, p. 5). Consistent with the authors' intent for test use, the focus of this review is on use of the DIAL-4 to detect which kindergarteners may be at risk for academic failure upon kindergarten entry.
Descriptors: Screening Tests, Kindergarten, At Risk Students, Academic Failure, Young Children, Test Reliability, Test Validity, Eligibility, Federal Legislation, Educational Legislation, Disabilities, Equal Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Kindergarten; Primary Education; Early Childhood Education
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Developmental Indicators for the Assessment Learning