Familiar Strangers Criterion-Referenced Measures in Communication Disorders Clinical Forum
Clinical Forum  |   April 01, 1996
Familiar Strangers
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Rebecca J. McCauley
    Department of Communication Science, University of Vermont, Allen House, 461 Main Street, Burlington, VT 05405-0010
Article Information
Research Issues, Methods & Evidence-Based Practice / Language Disorders / Clinical Forum: Observing and Interpreting Behaviors
Clinical Forum   |   April 01, 1996
Familiar Strangers
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, April 1996, Vol. 27, 122-131. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.2702.122
History: Received April 21, 1994 , Accepted November 8, 1994
 
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, April 1996, Vol. 27, 122-131. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.2702.122
History: Received April 21, 1994; Accepted November 8, 1994

Although frequently used in the assessment and treatment of communication disorders, criterion-referenced measures are often not well understood, making them both familiar and alien—thus, familiar strangers. This article is designed to better acquaint test users with the characteristics associated with the use and evaluation of criterion-referenced measures, particularly as they differ from norm-referenced measures. Guidelines are proposed for the evaluation and selection of standardized criterion-referenced measures as well as for the development and ongoing evaluation of informal criterion-referenced measures.

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
The author thanks Chris Murphy, Marty Houghton, and Elena Plante, as well as several anonymous reviewers, for their help with this manuscript. A somewhat belated thanks is also extended to Ronald Berk and Darrell Sabers, who some time ago introduced me to the concept of criterion-referencing. Sabers’ taped lectures, in particular, provided me with desert travel time that was far more enjoyable than even that provided by country music or talk radio
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