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Presented at the 20th Annual Research Conference

Validity of Caregiver Reports of Children's Grades in a System of Care

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Session Number: 1000 Room: Salon E & F

Presenting: Jeffrey Allen; Michael Steinert; Camille Patterson

All Authors for this paper: Jeffrey Allen; Michael Steinert; Camille Patterson

Presentation Type: poster presentation

Synopsis: Many sites have reported that children's grades improve after enrolling in wraparound, based on caregiver report. Caregiver reports of 76 children's grades were compared to actual academic data obtained from the Fort Worth Independent School District in Fort Worth, Texas. Despite caregiver reports of dramatic improvement in grades, there was no evidence of actual grades improving. Caregivers tended to greatly underestimate their children's grades at baseline. At six-month follow-up boys (but not girls) continued to be underestimated. These findings indicate that caregiver reports are not a valid measure of a child's actual academic performance.

Date: Sunday, March 4, 2007

Session Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM