A Comparison of Screening Tools Resulting in Referrals: Ages and Stages Questionnaire and Battelle Screener

Date of Award

Fall 12-18-2020

Document Type

Project (696 or 796 registration)

Degree Name

Master of Science in Special Education


Graduate Studies

Committee Chair

Shirley Johnson


screening, ECSE, ASQ, Battelle


Developmental screening exists as a means of determining when a special education evaluation is warranted. Therefore, selecting a screening tool which correctly identifies a student in need of evaluation and equally important identifying a typically developing child that does not need evaluation. The purpose of researching the rate of referrals for evaluation between the two screeners (Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ) and Battelle Screener), was to determine if the ASQ screener, or the Battelle Screener was more accurate when compared to a full evaluation. There are few studies that exist regarding the Battelle Screener and limited studies comparing the ASQ and the Battelle Screener. Using a quantitative approach, 4 students were followed through the screening and evaluation process. Results support the use of an in-person screener by a trained professional being a more accurate tool during the screening process. This research suggests the Battelle gives better insight in guiding a professional to a better determination of an appropriate evaluation.

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