To test or not to test?: The selection, adaptation, administration and analysis of instruments to assess literacy skills among Indigenous children

Year: 2001

Author: Godfrey, John, Partington, Gary, Sinclair, Anna

Type of paper: Refereed paper

This paper explains the process of selecting a standardised reading skills instrument to be used with Indigenous children in various settings in Western Australia. The selection process included the examination of a number of instruments, and consultation with educators and researchers. The instrument chosen contained items that appeared to form a basis to assess the literacy skills of Indigenous children. The test was trialed with a small sample of Indigenous children in two schools. The pilot study results were analysed and the results discussed. Implications for the evaluation of Indigenous children and educational programs are drawn.