A Mini-Screening Language Test for Adolescents The purpose of this study was to determine whether, by item analyses, a mini screening test could be derived from the 23-item Screening Test of Adolescent Language (STAL). Five items were selected: two from the vocabulary subtest and one each from the auditory memory, language processing, and verbal explanation subtests. ... Research Article
Research Article  |   April 01, 1981
A Mini-Screening Language Test for Adolescents
 
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  • Elizabeth M. Prather is affiliated with Arizona State University. Ann C. Breener is affiliated with the Scottsdale Public Schools, Scottsdale, Arizona. Karen S. Hughes is affiliated with the Mesa Public Schools, Mesa, Arizona. Requests for reprints may be sent to Prather at the Department of Speech and Hearing Scie~we, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 85281.
    Elizabeth M. Prather is affiliated with Arizona State University. Ann C. Breener is affiliated with the Scottsdale Public Schools, Scottsdale, Arizona. Karen S. Hughes is affiliated with the Mesa Public Schools, Mesa, Arizona. Requests for reprints may be sent to Prather at the Department of Speech and Hearing Scie~we, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 85281.×
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Research Article   |   April 01, 1981
A Mini-Screening Language Test for Adolescents
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, April 1981, Vol. 12, 67-73. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.1202.67
History: Received March 24, 1980 , Accepted June 20, 1980
 
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, April 1981, Vol. 12, 67-73. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.1202.67
History: Received March 24, 1980; Accepted June 20, 1980

The purpose of this study was to determine whether, by item analyses, a mini screening test could be derived from the 23-item Screening Test of Adolescent Language (STAL). Five items were selected: two from the vocabulary subtest and one each from the auditory memory, language processing, and verbal explanation subtests. STAL response sheets from each of four groups of subjects were rescored to determine whether performance on the 5-item screening test accurately predicated pass/fail on the 23-item STAL. For normally achieving 6th (N = 206) and 9th (N = 219) grade subjects, prediction accuracy was 84%, false-positive errors were 9–10%, and false-negative errors were 2–3%. For students from junior high (N = 32) and senior high (N = 90) classrooms for the learning-disabled, accuracy of prediction was 78%. False-positive errors were 19–20%, and false-negative errors remained at 2–3%. The mini-screening test is recommended for large-scale screening with students from the 6th through 12th grades.

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