RMME Community Members Contribute to Construct Validation Article

Dr. Graham Rifenbark (an RMME alumnus), Dr. H. Jane Rogers (retired RMME faculty member), Dr. Hariharan Swaminathan (retired RMME faculty member), Ashley Taconet (RMME Program Evaluation Certificate graduate) and Shannon Langdon (RMME Program Evaluation Certificate graduate) contributed to a recently published article lead by Dr. Allison Lombardi, entitled: “Establishing Construct Validity of a Measure of Adolescent Perceptions of College and Career Readiness” in the journal, Career Development and Transition for Exceptional Individuals. Congratulations to all of the authors of this new paper!



The purpose of this study was to establish construct validity of a college and career readiness measure using a sample of youth with (n = 356) and without (n = 1,599) disabilities from five high schools across three U.S. states. We established content validity through expert item review, structural validity through initial field-testing, and convergent validity by correlating domain scores with school academic and behavioral data. A four-factor measurement model emerged representing the domains Ownership of Learning, Academic Engagement and Processes, Interpersonal Engagement, and Career Development. Domain scores were significantly correlated with achievement, college admission exam scores, and attendance. Implications for research and practice with an emphasis on transition service delivery via multi-tiered systems of support are discussed.