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Diagnostic Achievement Battery — Third Edition (DAB-3)


Ages: 6-0 through 14-11
Testing Time: 90-120 minutes
Administration: Individual

The DAB-3 is a revision of one of the most popular and useful individual tests of school achievement ever made. The DAB-3 uses 14 short subtests to identify a child's strengths and weaknesses across several areas of achievement. DAB-3 Subtests

  • Story Comprehension
  • Characteristics
  • Synonyms
  • Grammatic Completion
  • Alphabet/Word Knowledge
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Capitalization
  • Punctuation
  • Spelling
  • Contextual Language
  • Story Construction
  • Math Reasoning
  • Math Calculation
  • Phonemic Analysis (supplemental subtest, new to this edition of the DAB)
Scores from these subtests can be combined to form eight composites:
  • Total Achievement
  • Listening
  • Speaking
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Mathematics
  • Spoken Language
  • Written Language

Many improvements were made in this updated edition of the DAB. These include:

  • all-new normative data reflecting the changing population characteristics of the United States, collected from 1997 to 2000
  • several new validity studies, including correlations with the Wechsler Intelligence Scales for Children-III and the Stanford Achievement Test-Ninth Edition, as well as a confirmatory factor analysis confirming the model on which the DAB-3 is based
  • studies showing the absence of gender, ethnic, and disability bias
  • improved scoring criteria for the written composition that includes contextual language and story construction
  • more appealing and realistic color pictures
  • clearer administration procedures
  • fewer items on the Spelling, Capitalization, and Punctuation subtests
  • a new audiotape that the examiner plays for the child for the Story Comprehen-sion subtest
  • clarified entry items, basals, and ceilings for test administration

The DAB-3 generates standard scores (M = 10, SD = 3 for the subtests, and M = 100, SD = 15 for the composites), percentile ranks, and age/grade equivalents. The test was standardized on 1,534 students in 13 states. The sample is representative of the national population with regard to gender, race, ethnicity, geographic region, and urban/rural residence.

The DAB-3 includes a supplemental manual enabling the examiner to probe student responses on the standardized test. The purpose of probing is to identify the thinking processes and problem-solving strategies that result in both correct and incorrect responses.

*The DAB-3 is now available with grade norms, which will be included in all future printings of the Examiner's Manual as Appendix D. For examiners who do not have these norms in their Examiner's Manual, please contact Customer Service at PRO-ED to obtain the supplemental appendix.

COMPLETE DAB-3 KIT INCLUDES: Manual, Student Booklet, 25 Profile/Examiner Record Booklets, 25 Student Response Booklets, Assessment Probes, and an Audiotape, all in a sturdy storage box. (©2001)

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