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ERIC Number: EJ803229
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
ISSN: ISSN-0734-2829
Assessment of English- and Spanish-Speaking Students with the WISC-III and Leiter-R
Cathers-Schiffman, Teresa A.; Thompson, Marilyn S.
Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, v25 n1 p41-52 2007
The Leiter International Performance Scale-Revised (Leiter-R) and Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children-Third Edition (WISC-III) scores of 47 English- and 47 Spanish-speaking students were analyzed, and the effects of English language ability on these scores were examined. Leiter-R validity was supported for both language groups. WISC-III validity was supported for English speakers but contained substantial construct irrelevant variance for Spanish speakers as a function of English proficiency as measured by the Woodcock Language Proficiency Battery-Revised Oral Language Scale (OLS). The WISC-III appeared to measure intelligence validly for Spanish speakers scoring [greater than or equal] 90 on the OLS but seemed to reflect linguistic ability for Spanish speakers scoring less than 90. Because of similarities between the WISC-III and the newer WISC-IV index scores, the OLS criterion of [greater than or equal] 90 is suggested as a reasonable guideline for valid administration of the WISC-IV to Spanish speakers. (Contains 4 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Hollingshead Social Economic Status Measures; Leiter International Performance Scale; Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children; Woodcock Language Proficiency Battery