Volume 26, Issue 2 (1997)
Utility of Individual Ability Measures and Public Policy Choices for the 21st Century
Daniel J. Reschly
In the brief space available, my focus will be on the utility of individual ability measures for diagnostic and treatment decisions with children and youth who are referred in educational settings due to learning and/or behavioral problems. Although utility can be analyzed from a number of perspectives, the most relevant is the benefit to individual children referred for learning and/or behavioral problems. The principal conclusion of this article is that the utility of current individual measures of ability in school psychology is low, both for diagnostic and treatment decisions (Reschly, 1997). Alternatives that contribute more effectively to these decisions need to be considered and, where public policy permits, implemented and evaluated rigorously.
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