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Diagnostic Achievement Battery (DAB-3) (#20916-IN)

Ages 6 through 14. The Diagnostic Achievement Battery (DAB-#) is a norm-referenced measure with subtests that can be used to assess achievement in a variety of areas. Norms were collected on 1,534 students.

The DAB-3 is a revision of one of the most popular and useful individual tests of school achievement ever made. The DAB-3 uses 14 short subtests:

  • Story Comprehension
  • Characteristics
  • Synonyms
  • Grammatic Completion
  • Alphabet/Word Knowledge
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Capitalization
  • Punctuation
  • Spelling
  • Contextual Language
  • Story Construction
  • Math Reasoning
  • Math Calculation
  • Phonemic Analysis (supplemental subtest, new to this edition of the DAB)

Scores from these subtests can be combined to form eight composites:

  • Total Achievement
  • Listening
  • Speaking
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Mathematics
  • Spoken Language
  • Written Language

Improvements in the current edition include the following:

  • all-new normative data reflecting the changing population characteristics of the United States, collected from 1997 to 2000
  • several new validity studies, including correlations with the Wechsler Intelligence Scales for Children-III and the Stanford Achievement Test-Ninth Edition, as well as a confirmatory factor analysis confirming the model on which the DAB-3 is based
  • studies showing the absence of gender, ethnic, and disability bias
  • improved scoring criteria for the written composition that includes contextual language and story construction
  • more appealing and realistic color pictures
  • clearer administration procedures
  • fewer items on the Spelling, Capitalization, and Punctuation subtests
  • a new audiotape that the examiner plays for the child for the Story Comprehension subtest
  • clarified entry items, basals, and ceilings for test administration

The DAB-3 generates standard scores (M = 10, SD = 3 for the subtests, and M = 100, SD = 15 for the composites), percentile ranks, and age/grade equivalents. The DAB-3 includes a supplemental manual enabling the examiner to probe student responses on the standardized test. The purpose of probing is to identify the thinking processes and problem-solving strategies that result in both correct and incorrect responses.  

The complete kit includes the Manual, Student Booklet, 25 Profile/Examiner Record Booklets, 25 Student Response Booklets, Assessment Probes, and an Audiotape, all in a durable storage box.





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