Tuesday, June 23, 2015

New publication by Kairn Kelley

Congratulations to PhD candidate Kairn Kelley MS whose research just appeared in the International Journal of Audiology.

 2015 Jun 22:1-7. [Epub ahead of print]

Inter-rater reliability for scoring children's dichotic words test responses.



To determine whether rater agreement is randomly distributed or varies importantly with test-taker characteristics, test words, or rater experience with the dichotic words test (DWT).


DWT was administered to 34 children in 1st-4th grade and responses scored by two raters. The proportion of rater agreement was calculated for each child and for each word. Correlates of inter-rater agreement were explored.


Two raters judged 6686 total responses from 34 children.


Overall agreement between the two raters was 0.97. Test-taker scores ranged from 35%-91% (mean = 81%). Agreement was associated with score but not with test-taker age or sex. Test words spanned the full range of difficulty (pass proportion 0.06-1.00). Rater agreement was not randomly distributed among the words. Inter-rater agreement for test words ranged from 0.82-1.00 and was associated with pass proportion (Spearman's ρ = 0.28; p < 0.0001). However, there were words at all pass proportions with perfect or near-perfect agreement. Rater agreement improved from 0.94 on the first day of data collection to 0.98 on the fifth day (p = 0.026).


Inter-rater reliability should be considered along with test item difficulty when developing speech audiometry materials, scoring protocols, and rater training.

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