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Teacher Post Ratings

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The Teacher Post Ratings scale is a 10-item instrument that assesses changes in a child's academic performance and behavioral functioning over the course of a school year. This measure was created for the Fast Track Project.

Each item on the scale describes a particular ability that a child may display; for example, "Ability to sound out unfamiliar words," and "Ability to handle disagreements with others in a positive way." The teacher assesses how the child's performance or behavior has changed - in terms of the ability stated in each item - since the beginning of the school year. Responses are coded on a 7-point scale ranging from -3 to +3 and include: "Much Worse (-3)," "Somewhat Worse (-2)," "A Little Worse (-1)," "No Change (0)," "A Little Improved (1)," "Somewhat Improved (2)," and "Much Improved (3)."

This measure contains two subscales: Academics and Prosocial Behavior. Subscale scores are calculated as the mean of item responses. If more than half of the items for a scale are missing responses, the score is not calculated. Measures with all responses missing are not scored.

T-tests of means for subscale scores show differences between the normative and control groups for both the Academics and Prosocial Behavior subscales. The internal consistency measure (Cronbach alpha values) indicates that the subscale scores are useful. Researchers should keep in mind that the Academics subscale contains only two items; thus, this scale may be most helpful when used in combination with other scales that assess the same construct of interest.

Keywords: Reading Skills, Self Control, Empathy, Social Skills, Self Esteem, Peer Interactions

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14 March 2003