Ratings of everyday academic and cognitive skills in evaluation of school learning and learning problems: initial scale development and validation

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Title: Ratings of everyday academic and cognitive skills in evaluation of school learning and learning problems: initial scale development and validation
Author: Lamb, Gordon Dale
Abstract: Although research supports the use of measures of typical performance for assessing academic and cognitive skills , there are currently few such measures in existence . Other measures have been used for research purposes , but they are not normed on a large , nationally -representative sample . The Ratings of Everyday Academic and Cognitive Skills (REACS ) was created to address the need for a measure of typical academic and cognitive skills . The goal of the REACS is to provide a timely , easy to administer , and comprehensive assessment of a child's typical functioning in various academic and cognitive domains . The purpose for this dissertation was to develop the initial scale and conduct analyses to provide evidence of its reliability and validity . In an attempt to provide preliminary evidence of the validity of scores from this measure , Parent (n = 142 ) and Teacher (n = 109 ) REACS forms were collected for data analysis . A subsample of parents and teachers completed forms to examine interrater and test -retest reliability . A group of children (n = 32 ) were assessed with measures of academic achievement , cognitive ability , and memory for comparison to the REACS . Results generally showed high internal consistency , yet less reliable test -retest and interrater reliability . While the confirmatory factor analysis (CFA ) of the parent scale supported a factor structure that approximated the intended structure of the REACS , a better fit was found with a simpler model for the teacher scale . Finally , both the Parent and Teacher REACS forms were found to predict academic achievement better than cognitive ability . The predictive ability of the REACS was enhanced when used in conjunction with a measure of cognitive ability .
URI: http : / /hdl .handle .net /1969 .1 /86064
Date: 2008-10-10

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Ratings of everyday academic and cognitive skills in evaluation of school learning and learning problems: initial scale development and validation. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /1969 .1 /86064 .

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