Kaufman Assessment Battery for Children, Second Edition
Overview: A culturally fair ability test for all the children you serve. An individually administered measure of cognitive ability.
Age Range: 3-18
RTI Tiers: RTI Level 3
Completion Time: 25 to 55 minutes (core battery, Luria model), 35 to 70 minutes (core battery, CHC model)
Scores/Interpretation: Age-based standard scores, age equivalents, and percentile ranks
Scoring Options: Scoring software or Manual scoring
Publication Date: 2004
- A dual theoretical foundation—using the Luria neuropsychological model and the Cattell/Horn/Carroll (CHC) approach—helps you obtain the data you need for each individual you test
- An Optional Knowledge/Crystallized Ability scale, so you can use one test with all children
- An expanded age range for ages 3 to 18 that allows you to use one test for preschool, elementary, and high school children
- Full conorming with the Kaufman Test of Educational Achievement, Second Edition (KTEA-II), for in-depth ability/achievement comparisons
The choice is yours
The new Kaufman Assessment Battery for Children, Second Edition (KABC-II) now has a broader theoretical base, making it the instrument of choice for all cognitive assessment applications. Extensively redesigned and updated, this test provides detailed, accurate information and unprecedented flexibility. Like the original K-ABC, the second edition more fairly assesses children of different backgrounds and with diverse problems, with small score differences between ethnic groups.
A test of exceptional cultural fairness
KABC-II subtests are designed to minimize verbal instructions and responses. This gives you in-depth data with less "filtering" due to language.
Also, test items contain little cultural content, so children of diverse backgrounds are assessed more fairly. You can be confident you’re getting a true picture of a child’s abilities—even when language difficulties or cultural differences might affect test scores.
Dual theoretical model gives you options
With the KABC-II, you can choose the Cattell-Horn-Carroll model for children from a mainstream cultural and language background. Or if Crystallized Ability would not be a fair indicator of the child’s cognitive ability, you may choose the Luria model which excludes verbal ability. Administer the same subtests on four or five ability scales. Then, interpret the results based on your chosen model. Either approach gives you a global score that is highly valid and that shows small differences between ethnic groups in comparison with other comprehensive ability batteries. In addition, a nonverbal option allows you to assess a child whose verbal skills are significantly limited.
A range of scales and subtests gives you a detailed picture of cognitive ability
KABC-II scales and their subtests include:Simultaneous/Gv
- Face Recognition
- Pattern Reasoning (ages 5 and 6)
- Block Counting
- Story Completion (ages 5 and 6)
- Conceptual Thinking
- Gestalt Closure
- Word Order
- Number Recall
- Hand Movements
- Pattern Reasoning (ages 7–18)
- Story Completion (ages 7–18)
- Atlantis Delayed
- Rebus Delayed
Knowledge/Gc included in the CHC model only
- Expressive Vocabulary
- Verbal Knowledge
Helps answer the referral question
The KABC-II helps you get the information you need to answer questions such as, "Why is this student not performing like other children?" and “What can we do to help?” The KABC-II approach provides insights into how a child receives and processes information, helping you pinpoint cognitive strengths and weaknesses. Additionally, fully normed and validated supplemental subtests are offered to allow hypothesis testing. And when an ability/achievement comparison is needed, the KABC-II is fully conormed with the a Kaufman Test of Educational Achievement, Second Edition (KTEA-II).
Fun to take, easy to administer
Best of all, children enjoy the tasks that make up the KABC-II! Because most subtests engage children by using novel and colorful stimuli or manipulatives, it’s easy to administer the test battery. Examinees focus easily on the activities, so you know results reflect their best efforts. And that means more efficient testing and more accurate, useful data.
Do you test bilingual examinees who speak both Spanish and English?
Although the Knowledge/Crystallized Ability subtests must be administered in English, correct responses in other languages are given credit. The KABC-II provides correct Spanish-language responses and teaching text on the easels and record form. This makes scoring easier and more accurate.
Scoring and/or Reporting Options
ASSIST Scoring and Reporting Desktop Software – Scores and generates a variety of reports on your computer.
Score tests easily and accurately with the ASSIST™
Quick and accurate, this software program makes scoring and reporting even simpler with four analysis options, including:
- Score summary
- Scale profile
- Achievement/ability comparison
- Additional diagnostic information for hypothesis generation
Available for Windows and Macintosh.
The KABC-II and its role in finding the answers
Presenter: Dr. Elaine Fletcher-Janzen, EdD, NCSP
From referral question to diagnostic impressions, Dr. Elaine Fletcher Janzen will discuss the strengths of the KABC-II and the insight it delivers within a comprehensive evaluation through two very different case studies.
Date: May 03, 2011