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Intelligence tests; Psychological tests; Educational tests and measurements; Intelligence tests; Psychological tests;


This study examined the predictive power of a new screening test for pre-school and kindergarten youngsters, the Benziger Early Learning Assessment (BELA). It was hypothesized that the total score attained on the BELA would significantly correlate with selected measures of first grade achievement.

Seventy-five white, middle-class students who had been involved in the norming population for the BELA were utilized in the study. The students had been administered the BELA during the spring of their kindergarten year. In January of their first grade year the final sample (N = 58) was administered the Wide Range Achievement Test (WRAT), and Ginn 360 Mastery Test levels were obtained.

Results indicated that the correlations between the BELA and the criterion variables were significant. Findings suggest that although some of the correlations demonstrated in this study were quite low from a practical standpoint, the predictive power of the BELA is comparable to most measures that have been widely used and more heavily researched.

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Specialist in Education


Department of Educational Psychology, Foundations, and Leadership Studies


Department of Educational Psychology and Foundations

First Advisor

Ralph Scott


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