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Parental Reports of Perceived Assessment Utility: A Comparison of Authentic and Conventional Approaches

Macy, Marisa PhD; Thorndike-Christ, Tracy PhD; Lin, Yu-Chu BA

doi: 10.1097/IYC.0b013e3181f1ec1b

This study examined parent reports of 2 assessment approaches used for eligibility determination: conventional and authentic. Parents of children with and without disabilities completed a satisfaction survey following each of 2 assessments. Differences in how parents perceived the utility of developmental assessments based on the type of assessment approach (ie, either conventional or authentic), the setting in which the assessment occurred, and the child's eligibility status were examined. Results of this study have implications for conducting authentic, developmental assessments with children and families used for eligibility determination.

Lycoming College, Williamsport, Pennsylvania (Dr Macy); Western Washington University, Bellingham (Dr Thorndike-Christ); and The Pennsylvania State University, University Park (Mr Lin).

Correspondence: Marisa Macy, PhD, Lycoming College, 700 College Place, Williamsport, PA 17701 (

The contents of this article were developed under a merit fellowship grant awarded to the first author from the Department of Education, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research grant H133F050019. However, these contents do not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.

©2010Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.