Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science


Liberal Studies

First Advisor

Patricia R. Whitfield, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Terry L. Overton, Ed.D.

Third Advisor

Ruth L. Meese, Ph.D.


The Academic Performance Rating Scale (APRS ) (DuPaul, Perriello, & Rapport , 1991 ) was recently developed to identify children's academic performance and abilities in classroom settings. It was initially found to be a highly reliable scale, but a general behavior rating scale was not used as a criterion in establishing criterion-related validity. The Behavior Rating Profile (BRP-2) (Brown & Hammill , 1990) is a behavior rating scale used to assess the personal and social adjustment of elementary and secondary school students. Subjects for this study were private school students enrolled in grade levels first through fifth. Teachers completed both the APRS and the BR P-2 on a maximum of five randomly selected students in their classes . A correlational design was employed , and the degree of relationship between the two rating scales was indicated by the resulting correlation coefficient Of .80. Therefore , the purpose of this study was to examine the concurrent criterion-related validity of the APRS using the BRP-2 as the criterion measure . A positive and significant relationship between the two rating scales was demonstrated.



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