Wrightslaw: All About Tests and Assessments (ISBN: 978-1-892320-23-0) by Melissa Farrall, Pam Wright, and Pete Wright, 200 pages, $14.95.
In this comprehensive, easy-to-read book, you will find clear, concise answers to frequently asked questions about assessments, evaluations, and tests. You will learn:
The goal of Wrightslaw: All About Tests and Assessments is to demystify the assessment process and make it less intimidating.
If your child has a disability, you need accurate information about his strengths, weaknesses, and needs before making decisions about his education. You will find the information you need in the tests and assessments that have been completed on your child.
If you are like most people, you have questions about tests. How do tests measure skills? What do the test scores mean? Should you request specific tests?
You will find the answers in Wrightslaw: All About Tests and Assessments.
In Wrightslaw: All About Tests and Assessments, we answer more than 200 questions and guide you through scenarios about the assessment process.
You will learn what to expect, how to prepare, and how to find a good evaluator. Learn how to request an evaluation and how to provide parental consent.
You will learn about common difficulties children have and what tests are used to diagnose these disorders. This book describes types of tests used to evaluate problems and what skills each test measures.
In Wrightslaw: All About Tests and Assessments you will find charts of tests and skills. The charts list tests to evaluate specific problems, the skills your child needs in these areas, and shows which tests measure these skills.
Wrightslaw: All About Tests and Assessments includes endnotes at the end of each chapter. These endnotes are the authority we relied upon in our answers. When you take this book to school meetings (and we hope you will), you will know the law, regulation, article, or publication that supports each answer.
Wrightslaw: All about Tests and Assessments is illustrated, two color, and includes tests and skills checklists, and recommended resources. The book includes a comprehensive master table of tests with test name, author, publisher, publisher website, age range, test type. The book also includes a glossary of assessment terms, a table of questions, and an index.
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Table of Questions
Chapter 1. So You Think Your Child Needs an Evaluation
Chapter 3. Making Sense of Your Child’s Test Scores
Chapter 5. Academic Achievement Assessments
Chapter 7. Writing and Spelling Assessments
Chapter 9. Speech and Language Assessments
Chapter 10. Evaluations for Learning Disabilities and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorders
Chapter 11. Assessments of Hearing, Vision, and Motor Skills
Chapter 12. Auditory, Visual, Visual Motor, and Sensory Processing Assessments
Chapter 13. Adaptive Behavior and Functional Behavior Assessments
Chapter 14. Transition Assessments
Chapter 15. Assessing English Language Learners (ELLs)
Table of Tests
Glossary of Assessment Terms
Updates for Wrightslaw: All About Tests and Assessments.
Pete Wright, Esq. and Pam Wright MA, MSW are the founders of Wrightslaw and authors of several best-selling books, including Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd Edition and Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, 2nd Edition, and Wrightslaw: All About IEPs.
Melissa Lee Farrall, PhD, SAIF is an adjunct faculty member in the Language and Literacy Program at Simmons College, and the author of a research-based integrated approach to reading and assessment in Reading Assessment: Linking Language, Literacy, and Cognition.
"The best information on math testing I've seen in one place! The whole section on Math tests and subtests and the skills they measure is great information and much needed by parents. This is information EVERY parent needs to effectively advocate for their child. Test data is one of the most powerful tools you will ever have in your tool box. Thank you." -- Debbie Larson, Parent of adult child with autism and special education advocate, Batavia, New York.
"Pete and Pam have done it again!Wrightslaw: All About Tests and Assessments is another great book to add to your special education library. It’s a must-read for parents and all educators who work with students with disabilities. Pete and Pam do a great job of presenting the information clearly and so we can all understand it. If you want to understand what a test or assessment is really saying about a student’s needs, this is the book to read." -- Kristin Tassin, Esq., Parent of a daughter with Down syndrome, Co-founder of Father’s Joy, and attorney with Dry & Tassin, PLLC, Missouri City, Texas.
"As always, good solid practical information." -- Sue Nelson Sargeant, M.S., Preschool Speech-Language Pathologist, Spotsylvania County Public Schools, Virginia.
"Wrightslaw: All About Tests and Assessments is very parent-friendly and will be a great resource to help parents understand not only how to read the tests and understand what they are assessing, but which tests to request and why." -- Kelli Sandman-Hurley, Ed.D., Co-founder, Dyslexia Training Institute, San Diego, California.
"As a parent, there are so many tests in the educational system that it can become confusing at times. I wish I had this guide when my kids were growing up!" -- Karen Putz, Parent of three deaf and hard of hearing children, Chicago, Illinois.
"Wrightslaw: All About Tests and Assessments is great. Parents will find answers to all their questions in this book, even the questions they did not know enough to ask. I'm so glad you wrote in such detail about evaluation and tests. In Chapter 3, What do I need to know about subtest scores? – Perfect!" -- Sue Whitney, Special Education Advocate, Research Editor at Wrightslaw, author of the Doing Your Homework column, and co-author of Wrightslaw: No Child Left Behind, New Hampshire.
"The information is extensive and extremely helpful to parents of children who may or may not have been already identified." -- Penelope F. Petzold, Esq., Parent Advisor for SpEd Connecticut and advocate for her three children with learning disabilities.
"Wrightslaw: All About Tests and Assessments will aid anyone advocating on behalf of a child who is suspected of, or already diagnosed with, a disability. Wrightslaw: All About Tests and Assessments succeeds in explaining the complexities of assessments in language that is easy to understand, while also clarifying distinctions between learning disabilities and the methods available to support eligibility. In Chapter 7, Writing and Spelling Assessments, the explanation of Woodcock-Johnson Tests of Academic Achievement is great and easy to understand." -- Patty Roberts, Esq., Director of William & Mary Law School’s PELE Special Education Advocacy Clinic, Williamsburg, Virginia.
"The Kaufman Test of Educational Achievement, Second Edition (KTEA-II), Written Expression Subtest – I like these explanations! I love the test charts!" -- Jackie Igafo-Te’o, Parent of two children with disabilities, and website/data consultant for disability-related organizations.
"Wrightslaw: All About Tests and Assessments is an easy to understand book that includes all the information you will need to fully understand your rights in the assessment process. This book should be on your 'must have' list if you have a child with a disability or provide services to them. Appropriate assessments are key ingredients to well-written IEPs." --Loni Allen, Advocacy trainer and parent of children with disabilities. Education Specialist, Parents Helping Parents, PTIC in California.
"This book coveys key and crucial information in a clear and concise manner to assist parents and educators in understanding the educational assessment process. As with other books by the Wrights, I strongly recommend this book for anyone interested in special education." --Chuck Noe, Education Specialist for Partners Resource Network, the TX Parent Training & Information (PTI) Center, retired Texas special education director.
"Wrightslaw: All About Tests and Assessments is family friendly and will serve educators and advocates well as we work together with and for students." --Treva Maitland, M.S., Advocate & Secondary Transition Trainer & Technical Assistance provider for The Arc Tennessee and parent of twins with disabilities.
"Great resource for parents and advocates so they have a better understanding of their child’s tests and assessments.” -- Lori Wathen, Parent of a child with Down Syndrome, Norman, Oklahoma.
"Wrightslaw: All About Tests and Assessments, Chapter 7, Table 7-2: Written Language Tests and the Skills They Measure. I love this chart!" -- Marilyn Bartlett, J.D., Ph.D., Professor of Educational Law and Policy at Texas A&M University in Kingsville and Special Education Advocate in Manatee-Sarasota Counties, Florida.