Relationships of the WISC-R and K-BIT for an Adolescent Clinical Sample
Slate, John R., Graham, Linda Spear, Bower, Jack, Adolescence
Students with disabilities, recognized under Public Law 94-142, who are enrolled in special education are required to have a psychological reevaluation within a three-year or less time period (USDHEW, 1977). Thus, students who have been diagnosed as having a Specific Learning Disability (SLD) or Mental Retardation (MR) will periodically undergo a psychological assessment that will include some form of intelligence test. In the initial evaluation, the intelligence test most likely to have been administered was the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children-Revised (WISC-R, Wechsler, 1974; Reschly & Wilson, 1990). Upon re-evaluation, however, readministration of the WISC-R may be unnecessary for two reasons. First, if test data subsequent to the initial evaluation are supportive of the original diagnosis, then administration of the same IQ test may be a less than wise use of limited school funds and professional and student time. Second, unless educational programming for a student is dependent on a new IQ score, administering the WISC-R would not assist school personnel in developing instructional strategies.
Even though readministration of the WISC-R might be unnecessary in a reevaluation, some form of assessment has been deemed essential (USDHEW, 1977). Because of limited resources and time demands, there is a need for assessing intelligence in a shorter time period than that permitted by the Wechsler scales. One such instrument is the Kaufman Brief Intelligence Test (K-BIT; Kaufman & Kaufman, 1990) which purports to assess intelligence. Comparable to the WISC-R, the K-BIT provides three scores: A Composite or IQ score; a Vocabulary subscale (similar to the WISC-R Verbal IQ); and a Matrices subscale (analogous to the WISC-R …
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Publication information: Article title: Relationships of the WISC-R and K-BIT for an Adolescent Clinical Sample. Contributors: Slate, John R. - Author, Graham, Linda Spear - Author, Bower, Jack - Author. Journal title: Adolescence. Volume: 31. Issue: 124 Publication date: Winter 1996. Page number: 777+. © 1999 Libra Publishers, Inc. COPYRIGHT 1996 Gale Group.
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