Date Approved

5-5-1998

Embargo Period

8-11-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in School Psychology

Department

Educational Services and Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Klanderman, John

Second Advisor

Dihoff, Roberta

Subject(s)

Yellow Brick Road Screening Test; Academic achievement; Kindergarten

Disciplines

Educational Psychology

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine the ability of the Yellow Brick Road kindergarten screening instrument to predict future academic achievement using CAT scores as indicators of student performance. There were 31 subjects used in this study. Subjects were selected randomly from the respective elementary school population. The study followed a longitudinal design. Yellow Brick Road scores were obtained, in addition to CAT scores in grades 2, 4, and 6. All scores were recorded anonymously with the permission of the respective school Board of Education.

The data was analyzed using a paired sample T test. Based on the analysis, the null hypothesis was rejected. With significance set at a .05 level, a positive, significant relationship was found between test scores. Based on these findings, the Yellow Brick Road can serve as a useful instrument for determining eligibility for kindergarten entrance, and also as an indicator of future academic achievement.

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