Track obtained permission to use this measure in our study, but
we are not allowed to distribute it. To obtain a copy for your use,
here and contact the source listed.
The Woodcock-Johnson Psycho-Educational Battery - Revised
(WJ-R) is a commonly used measure of children's achievement measuring
various aspects of scholastic ability. The Fast Track Project uses
three subtests from the battery:
(1) Calculation: this subtest measures the child's skill
in performing mathematical calculations such as addition, subtraction,
multiplication and division. The calculations are presented in a
traditional problem format in a separate response booklet. The items
are arranged in order of difficulty, with the easiest items presented
first and the most difficult items presented last. There are a total
of 58 items in the Calculation subtest.
(2) Letter-Word identification: the first 5 items of this
subtest involve symbolic learning, or the ability to match a pictorial
representation of a word with an actual picture of the object. The
remaining 52 items (total = 57) assess the child's reading skills
in identifying isolated letters and words that are presented in
large type on the subject's side of the test book. The items are
arranged in order of difficulty, with the easiest items presented
first and the most difficult items last.
(3) Passage Comprehension: The Passage Comprehension test
consists of 43 items, however the Fast Track project only administers
38 of these items (the first 5 are assumed to be answered correctly).
For items #6 through #43, the child reads a short passage and identifies
a missing key word. The child is supposed to select the word that
would be appropriate given the context of the passage. As with the
other subtests of this measure, items are arranged in order of increasing
For each of the three subtests, a summary score was computed which
was simply the sum of all of the items for the particular subtest.
In computing the summary scores for the Passage Comprehension subtest,
the first five items (which were not administered by the Fast Track
project) were assumed to have been answered correctly so +5 was
added to the summary score for this subtest.
It is recommended to use the total scores (summary scores) for
each subtest, given the commonly accepted scoring procedures for
Keywords: Math Skills, Calculation, Reading Comprehension, Symbolic
Learning, Achievement, Ability.
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19 November 2002