Volume 13, Issue 4 (1984)
Boder Test of Reading-Spelling Patterns: Review 1
Cecil R. Reynolds
A new entry into the arena of reading/language diagnosis is the Boder Test of Reading-Spelling Pattern, or BTRSP (Boder & Jarrico, 1982). The BTRSP is an instrument that purports to identify five reader subtypes, including three subtypes of dyslexia, through the analysis of word identification and spelling errors. By incorporating a system for classifying specific reading disabilities, based on an assumption of multiple deficits, Boder and Jarrico counter the concept of dyslexia as an homogeneous entity. The typology they advocate is a reflection of the first author’s years of experience in neurological clinics. Considering its increasing popularity, and its potential impact on the field of clinical assessment, it seems imperative to take a critical look at what the BTRSP praises in relation to what it delivers. Some of the questions raised by this test relate more specifically to issues of reliability and validity. Such questions are best addressed by one with greater expertise in psychometrics and will not be considered in this analysis(see Reynolds, this issue). This review will focus, instead, on those aspects of the BTRSP that fall squarely in the domains of reading theory and reading diagnosis.
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