The purpose of this study was to (1) examine the correlation between a test of academic achievement (SAT-9) and a test of cognitive ability (WISC-III PIQ), and between a test of academic achievement (SAT-9) and tests of memory and learning (TOMAL VSR and WSR subtests), and (2) to examine the degree to which each type of test (either WISC-III PIQ, TOMAL WSR, or TOMAL VSR) is predictive of achievement in several achievement areas for deaf and hard of hearing children. The TOMAL WSR and VSR subtests were administered to 30 children enrolled at a school for the deaf in Buffalo, NY. Data on WISC-ITI PIQ and SAT-9 scores were obtained from school records. Test instructions were given through Total Communication, using a combination of American Sign Language and spoken English. Significant correlations were found between the WISC-III PIQ and each SAT-9 subtest as well as between both subtests of the TOMAL and each SAT-9 subtest. Only the VSR subtest of the TOMAL was found to significantly predict achievement on the Reading Comprehension, Total Language, and Problem Solving subtests of the SAT-9. The study provides support for the use of tests of visual memory in the psychological assessment of deaf children.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Deaf children--Ability testing; Deaf children--Education; Academic achievement--Research
Department, Program, or Center
Department of Psychology (CLA)
Gleason, Kelly, "Predicting academic achievement in deaf poulations using measures of learning and memory" (1998). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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