Validity and Classification Accuracy of Curriculum-Based Measurement of Sentence Construction

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 1
  • Skill Level: Introduction
  • Session 4: Assessment and Intervention in an RTI Framework

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. learn about available tools for screening early elementary students' writing skills.
  2. understand methods for assessing criterion validity of curriculum-based measures.
  3. understand methods for assessing classification accuracy of curriculum-based measures.


This study examined the validity of using picture-word prompts to directly measure first- through third-grade students’ skills in constructing complete sentences. It also examined how accurately this measure identified students at risk for writing difficulties on the WIAT-III. Implications for screening students’ early writing skills will be discussed.



Bridget O. Hier, Syracuse University
Emily A. Watts, Syracuse University
Joshua J. Circe, Syracuse University
Taylor Hitchings, Syracuse University


Alec R. Goldstein, Carly C. Finelli


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