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Running head: MENTAL MEASUREMENTS YEARBOOK EVALUATIONS 1 Mental Measurements Yearbook Evaluations Stephanie Hughes Liberty University
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MENTAL MEASUREMENTS YEARBOOK EVALUATIONS 2 Abstract Educational test are consistent assessments given to evaluate students on many different levels. Reliability, validity, and accuracy are three major components that make up the importance of a test. Validity justifies a test measuring what it is supposed to, reliability measures same or similar scores or rankings, and accuracy measures how the test score represents an individual’s true score (Kubiszyn & Borich, 2016). “To be a “good” test, a test ought to have adequate evidence for its validity, reliability, and accuracy for the purpose it is being used for and for the persons with whom it is being used” (Kubsizyn & Borich, 2016, p.292). Three different reviews of educational testing will be identified, described, discussed, and evaluated
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MENTAL MEASUREMENTS YEARBOOK EVALUATIONS 3 Mental Measurements Yearbook Evaluations . Mental Measurements Yearbooks evaluates a multitude of different testing used to determine student’s placement and progression through school. Three educational tests were chosen to review; Woodcock Diagnostic Reading Battery, Kindergarten Readiness Test and Norris Educational Achievement Test. Each test will be described, reviewed, and evaluated throughout this paper. Woodcock Diagnostic Reading Battery The Woodcock Diagnostic Reading Battery, WDRB for short, was written by Richard W. Woodcock and published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Mr. Woodcock’s test was published in 1997, and aimed toward students of ages 4-90+. The WDRB is designed to provide a diagnostic test that assesses reading achievement and important related abilities (Olmi & Rudman, 2001). This test is an Achievement style assessment that includes: an easel test book, examiner’s manual, manual for norm tables, test records, and an audio test tape. The WDRB is found in Yearbook volume 14 from 2001. This assessment was reviewed by two different people. In their review, they indicated that the WDRB was like The Woodcock Johnson test. One factor that was stressed a couple of times at the beginning of the review was the examiner qualifications. If the examiner was familiar with the Woodcock Johnson Psycho- Educational Battery-Revised, WJ-R, then they would not have difficulties understanding how to administer the WDRB. However, if the examiner is not familiar with the WJ-R, then there is an examiner training sequence and training materials contained in the examiner’s manual and should be beneficial to those who are unfamiliar with the testing procedures and the protocol of the WDRB or the WJ-R (Rudman, 2001). The WDRB contains a total of 10 tests that in their entirety last about 60 minutes; however, the test is different in that it is not administered in its
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MENTAL MEASUREMENTS YEARBOOK EVALUATIONS 4 entirety; only the tests that are applicable should be administered. Though administering the
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