Consequential validity of an assistive technology supplement for the School Function Assessment.

Abstract

Educators and therapists implement assistive technology to maximize educational outcomes of students with disabilities. However, few measure the outcomes of interventions because of a lack of valid measurement tools. This study investigated whether an assistive technology supplement for the School Function Assessment demonstrates an important aspect of construct validity. Specifically, the study examined a type of consequential validity. Twenty-eight school-based therapists participated in the study. Two t tests compared a group using the School Function Assessment (n = 13) to a group using the assistive technology supplement to the School Function Assessment (n = 15). The first t test examined the difference in confidence therapists perceived in their ability to develop assistive technology interpretations. The second t test compared the number of assistive technology interpretations matching those of an expert panel. The first t test did not achieve significance (p = .998). The second t test achieved significance (p = .001). These results suggest, with certain limitations, that the assistive technology supplement for the School Function Assessment exhibits this important aspect of construct validity.

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@article{Silverman2006ConsequentialVO, title={Consequential validity of an assistive technology supplement for the School Function Assessment.}, author={Michelle Kaye Silverman and Roger O. Smith}, journal={Assistive technology : the official journal of RESNA}, year={2006}, volume={18 2}, pages={155-65} }