Psychometric Properties of Language Assessments for Children Aged 4–12 Years: A Systematic Review

Denman, Deborah, Speyer, Renée, Munro, Natalie, Pearce, Wendy M., Chen, Yu-Wei and Cordier, Reinie (2017) Psychometric Properties of Language Assessments for Children Aged 4–12 Years: A Systematic Review. Frontiers in Psychology, 8. p. 1515. ISSN 1664-1078

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Abstract

Introduction: Standardized assessments are widely used by speech pathologists in clinical and research settings to evaluate the language abilities of school-aged children and inform decisions about diagnosis, eligibility for services and intervention. Given the significance of these decisions, it is important that assessments have sound psychometric properties. Objective: The aim of this systematic review was to examine the psychometric quality of currently available comprehensive language assessments for school-aged children and identify assessments with the best evidence for use. Methods: Using the PRISMA framework as a guideline, a search of five databases and a review of websites and textbooks was undertaken to identify language assessments and publishedmaterial on the reliability and validity of these assessments. Themethodological quality of selected studies was evaluated using the COSMIN taxonomy and checklist. Results: Fifteen assessments were evaluated. For most assessments evidence of hypothesis testing (convergent and discriminant validity) was identified; with a smaller number of assessments having some evidence of reliability and content validity. No assessments presented with evidence of structural validity, internal consistency or error measurement. Overall, all assessments were identified as having limitations with regards to evidence of psychometric quality. Conclusions: Further research is required to provide good evidence of psychometric quality for currently available language assessments. Of the assessments evaluated, the Assessment of Literacy and Language, the Clinical Evaluation of Language Fundamentals-5th Edition, the Clinical Evaluation of Language Fundamentals-Preschool: 2nd Edition and the Preschool Language Scales-5th Edition presented with most evidence and are thus recommended for use.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Language assessment, Language Disorder, Language impairment, Psychometric properties, Reliability, Validity
Subjects: B100 Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology
Q100 Linguistics
Q900 Others in Linguistics, Classics and related subjects
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing
Depositing User: Rachel Branson
Date Deposited: 13 May 2020 10:46
Last Modified: 13 May 2020 11:00
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/43118

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