(YCAT-2) Young Children's Achievement Test, Second Edition


(YCAT-2) Young Children's Achievement Test, Second Edition

Benefits Identifies young children at risk of failing in school
Ages 4 years to 7 years, 11 months
Admin time 25 to 45 minutes
Format Individual
Scores Standard scores, percentiles, and age equivalents
Norms Based on a representative sample of 846 children from 25 states and 226 different zip codes
Publish Date 2018
Qualifications Level C required.
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The YCAT-2 yields an overall Early Achievement score and individual subtest scores for General Information, Mathematics, Reading, Writing, and Spoken Language. The subtests can be administered independently of each other, and all results can be transformed to standard scores, percentiles, and age equivalents. 


The YCAT-2’s reliability was studied using coefficient alpha, test–retest, and interscorer procedures. The average coefficient alpha for the full normative sample ranges from .85 to .95 for the subtests and is .97 for the overall composite.  


Extensive validity evidence of the YCAT-2 is provided for content-description validity, criterion-prediction validity, and construct-identification validity. Content-description validity was established through careful selection of items, curricula review, conventional item analysis, and analyses of test floors, ceilings, and item gradients, as well as differential item functioning to limit bias. 


Criterion-prediction validity was established by (a) correlating YCAT-2 scores with the Woodcock-Johnson III Tests of Achievement(WJ III ACH;Woodcock, McGrew, & Mather, 2001) and Test of Language Development: Primary–Fifth Edition (TOLD: P-5; Newcomer & Hammill, in development); (b) comparing means and standard deviations between the YCAT-2 and criterion tests; and (c) computing sensitivity, specificity, and ROC/AUC statistics. Construct-identification validity was established by studying (a) the relationship of the YCAT-2 to age, reading, language, and intelligence; (b) the ability of the YCAT-2 to differentiate between groups of students known to exhibit below-average academic achievement; and (c) the factorial fit of the subtests to the construct in the test model (i.e., academic achievement).