Assessment 101: Why Tests and Assessments Matter!

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ISSN: 1538-320
March 15, 2016

Evaluation and assessmentBefore educators can design an effective remedial program for your child, they must understand the exact nature of your child's weaknesses.


  • are used to identify learning problems
  • are essential to measure progress and learning
  • include a plan to address your child's problems

In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate you will learn what the law requires for evaluations, the benefits of a comprehensive evaluation, and how to find an appropriate independent evaluator.

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Assessments Will Answer These Questions....

  • What is the problem?
  • Why is the difficulty occurring?

Knowing "why" sets the stage for specific recommendations for effective intervention, accommodations, and educational programming for your child.

Learn What to Expect from an Evaluation.

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Using Tests to Uncover Learning Problems

Assessment 101 is a series of three articles about developmental assessments by clinical psychologist and neuropsychologist Dr. Aida Khan.

Get an overview of developmental assessments, read about the most common types of assessments, find out how to choose an evaluator.

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How Do I Request a Multifactored Evaluation?

I understand a evaluation provides valuable information about my child’s unique needs and the educational services he requires. How do I request this evaluation?

10 Tips from Parent Advocate Sharon Lutz about How to Request a Multifactored Evaluation


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IDEA 2004: The Law about Evaluations

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The law about evaluations is in 20 U.S.C. 1414(a) (b) and (c) - p. 92.

The special education regulations that relate to evaluations is in 34 C.F.R. Part 300 - p.192.

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