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ERIC Number: EJ1188196
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Sep
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1534-5084
Assessment of Young Children's Letter-Sound Knowledge: Initial Validity Evidence for Letter-Sound Short Forms
Piasta, Shayne B.; Farley, Kristin S.; Phillips, Beth M.; Anthony, Jason L.; Bowles, Ryan P.
Assessment for Effective Intervention, v43 n4 p249-255 Sep 2018
The Letter-Sound Short Forms (LSSFs) were designed to meet criteria for effective progress monitoring tools by exhibiting strong psychometrics, offering multiple equivalent forms, and being brief and easy to administer and score. The present study expands available psychometric information for the LSSFs by providing an initial examination of their validity in assessing young children's emerging letter-sound knowledge. In a sample of 998 preschool-aged children, the LSSFs were sensitive to change over time, showed strong concurrent validity with established letter-sound knowledge and related emergent literacy measures, and demonstrated predictive validity with emergent literacy measures. The LSSFs also predicted kindergarten readiness scores available for a subsample of children. These findings have implications for using the LSSFs to monitor children's alphabet knowledge acquisition and to support differentiated early alphabet instruction.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Kindergarten; Primary Education; Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Institute of Education Sciences (ED)
Authoring Institution: N/A
IES Funded: Yes
Grant or Contract Numbers: R305E100030