Linking Developmental Profiles Across Age Groups

TitleLinking Developmental Profiles Across Age Groups
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsKarelitz, TM, Parrish, D, Yamada, H
Date PublishedApril
Abstract

Assessment instruments that measure similar constructs can be linked to one another. When we say "link" we mean that some of the developmental levels in one instrument are conceptually or practically similar to some levels in the other instrument, of course, this needs to have empirical support, as well. Truly parallel tests are inevitably linked, but not all linked tests are parallel. In temporally ordered assessments like the three parts of the Desired Results Developmental Profile (DRDP), where forms for infants/toddlers, preschoolers, and school-age children track the achievement of desired results using the same underlying constructs, the last couple of levels of the earlier assessments will be linked to the first couple of levels in the later assessment. On a practical level, linking is important because, although the three DRDP instruments have been designed to work well in three well-defined age-groups (Infant/Toddler, Preschool and School Age), there are contexts where a perspective across pairs of these instruments is needed.

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Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, CA

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