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ERIC Number: EJ803250
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 9
ISSN: ISSN-0734-2829
Test Review: Wechsler, D. (2005). "Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children-Fourth Edition Spanish." San Antonio, TX: Harcourt Assessment
Braden, Jeffery P.; Iribarren, Jacqueline A.
Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, v25 n3 p292-299 2007
In this article, the authors review the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children-Fourth Edition Spanish (WISC-IV Spanish), a Spanish translation and adaptation of the WISC-IV. The test was developed to measure the intellectual ability of Spanish-speaking children in the United States ages 6 years, 0 months, through 16 years, 11 months. These children are presumed to be learning English as a second language, as well as acculturating to the U.S. educational system. It is intended for testing children with no more than five consecutive years in the U.S. educational system (in which case the English-language version is recommended). The WISC-IV Spanish was designed to be individually administered by school psychologists, educational diagnosticians, clinical psychologists, or neuropsychologists who speak both English and Spanish. In addition, it is recommended for examiners who have experience in assessing Spanish-speaking children. The WISC-IV Spanish presents three essential changes to the WISC-IV to make the test more useful for examiners who serve Spanish-speaking children in the United States: (a) a verified Spanish translation of directions; (b) item modifications, ranging from exact item retention to completely new replacement items; and (c) special norms that provide percentiles (but not standard scores) drawn from Spanish-speaking U.S. children, adjusted for parental SES and/or years of schooling in the United States. The authors, although disappointed with some features, also appreciate that the WISC-IV Spanish is a significant advance over other, undocumented methods of assessment (e.g., informal translations, elimination of verbal items). Therefore, they conclude that as the school-age population of the United States is increasingly immigrant and Spanish speaking, examiners who serve this population will find the availability of a formally developed and clearly articulated Spanish language test of intellectual abilities to be a welcome tool. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children