ITEM DEVELOPMENT AND PILOT TESTING OF THE MAP-SCREEN

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 7193
Amount: $500,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1989
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
8101 E Prentice Ave #518, Englewood, CO, 80111
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Lucy Jane Miller Phd
 (303) 770-4818
Business Contact
Phone: () -
Research Institution
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Abstract
DEVELOPMENTAL TECHNOLOGIES PROPOSES TO DEVELOP THE MAP-SCREEN, A SHORT SCREENING TEST TO DETERMINE WHICH PRESCHOOL-AGED CHILDREN ARE AT RISK FOR LEARNING DISABILITIES. THE MAP-SCREEN WILL BE DEVELOPED FROM THE RESEARCH OF THE MILLER ASSESSMENT FOR PRESCHOOLERS (MAP), A MORE COMPREHENSIVE, PREDICTIVE INSTRUMENT, AND SERVE AS A COMPANION PRODUCT TO THE MAP. THE MAP-SCREEN IS BEING PROPOSED IN DIRECT RESPONSE TO REQUESTS FROM PUBLISHERS AND CONSUMERS TO DEVELOP A PRODUCT THAT WOULD BE AS RELIABLE BUT SHORTER IN LENGTH AND LESS EXPENSIVE. COMPREHENSIVE ITEM SELECTION WILL OCCUR TO MEET RECOGNIZED PSYCHOMETRIC STANDARDS FOR TEST DEVELOPMENT AND PRACTICAL CONSIDERATIONS. ITEM SELECTION WILL BE BASED ON: EXTENSIVE, PREVIOUS ITEM RESEARCH AND PREDICTIVE VALIDITY, TEST-RETEST, AND RELIABILITY COEFFICIENTS FOR EACH ITEM; COST; ADMINISTRATION TIME; AND MARKETING CONSIDERATIONS. THE RESULTING POOL OF ITEMS WILL BE PILOT-TESTED ON 160 COLORADO CHILDREN (N=120 NORMAL, N=40 AT RISK) AND DATA ON ESTIMATES OF ITEM DIFFICULTY AND DISCRIMINATION WILL BE ANALYZED. IN PHASE II, THE MAP-SCREEN WILL BE NATIONALLY STANDARDIZED ON A SAMPLE OF 3,200 CHILDREN STRATIFIED BY AGE(2 TO 6 YEARS), RACE, SEX, AND SOCIOECONOMIC STATUS ACCORDING TO UNITED STATES CENSUS STATISTICS. MANUFACTURINGAND MARKETING WILL BE UNDERTAKEN BY A MAJOR PUBLISHING FIRM.

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