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Wrightslaw: All About Tests and Assessments

Melissa Lee Farrall, Ph.D., Pamela Darr Wright, MA MSW & Peter W.D. Wright, Esq.

The goal of Wrightslaw: All About Tests and Assessments is to demystify the assessment process and make it less intimidating. In this comprehensive, easy-to-read book, you will find clear, concise answers to over 200 frequently asked questions about tests and assessments,including:

  • psychological, academic, and neuropsychological tests and what these tests measure;
  • how to select an evaluator;
  • how to request a special education evaluation and how to provide parental consent;
  • speech-language, physical and occupational therapy, processing, adaptive behavior, and functional behavior assessments;
  • test terms and the important realities about tests and assessment;
  • how small differences between tests can result in large differences in test scores.

ISBN: 978-1-892320-23-0, 200 pages, perfect bound)

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Wrightslaw: All About Tests and Assessments..."is an easy-to-understand book that includes all the information you 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."

"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 about evaluations and tests in such detail. In Chapter 3, "What do I need to know about subtest scores?" – Perfect!"

"I love the Test Charts!" More early reviews.

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Wrightslaw: All About Tests and Assessments

If you are concerned about your child’s academics, lack of progress in school, behavior problems, developmental issues, or just trouble making friends, using assessments to identify problems is essential.

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.

Are you concerned or fearful about the assessment process? Don’t know what tests to request? Don’t know which tests measure what skills? Don’t know what the test scores mean?

You will find the answers in Wrightslaw: All About Tests and Assessments

Whether you are the parent of a child with special education needs, a seasoned educator, or a professional advocate, you have questions about the assessment process, school evaluations, and what tests are approprate.

Table of Contents [Download TOC]

Table of Questions


Chapter 1. So You Think Your Child Needs an Evaluation
When to Have Your Child Evaluated?
Finding a Good Evaluator
Parental Questions and Concerns
Evaluation Report and Parent Feedback Meeting
Test References

Chapter 2. Evaluations by the School
The Child Find Mandate
Evaluations for Special Education
Getting to Know School Evaluators
Requesting an Evaluation
Providing Informed Written Consent
Gathering Information and Making Observations
Independent Educational Evaluations (IEEs)

Determining Eligibility

Chapter 3. Making Sense of Your Child’s Test Scores
Understanding Test Scores
Standardized Norm-Referenced Tests and Criterion-Referenced Tests
The Bell Curve
Test Scores
Subtest Scores, Composite Scores, and Index Scores
Measuring Educational Progress

Chapter 4. Intellectual Evaluations and IQ Testing

Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities
Measuring Intelligence
Tests of Intelligence
Nonverbal Tests of Intelligence
Interpreting Intelligence Test Results
Intelligence Tests: Special Factors

Chapter 5. Academic Achievement Assessments
Assessments of Reading
Assessments of Written Language
Assessments of Mathematics
Formats of Academic Achievement Tests

Chapter 6. Reading Assessments
Assessing Reading Difficulties and Disabilities
Reading Skills
Tests That Measure Reading
Tests That Measure Phonological Processing
Tests That Measure Reading Fluency and Comprehension
Reading Fluency and Comprehension Tests
Answers to Questions About Reading Tests
Assessing Reading: Special Factors

Chapter 7. Writing and Spelling Assessments
Assessing Written Language Difficulties and Disabilities
Written Language Skills
Tests That Measure Written Language
Answers to Questions About Written Language Tests

Chapter 8. Mathematics and Math Assessments
Assessing Math Difficulties and Disabilities
Mathematics Skills
Tests of Mathematics
Answers to Questions about Math Tests
Assessing Math: Special Factors

Chapter 9. Speech and Language Assessments
Assessing Speech and Language Problems
Speech and Language Skills
Tests of Receptive and Expressive Language
Vocabulary Tests
Speech and Articulation Tests
Apraxia Tests

Pragmatics and Social Language Evaluations
Answers to Questions about Speech and Language Assessments

Chapter 10. Evaluations for Learning Disabilities and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorders
Assessing Specific Learning Disabilities
Assessing Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorders (ADHD)
Assessing Executive Functioning Skills
Legal Requirements for Identifying Specific Learning Disabilities

Response to Intervention (RTI)

Chapter 11. Assessments of Hearing, Vision, and Motor Skills
Assessing Hearing Impairments
Assessing Vision Impairments
Assessing Motor Skills
Assistive Technology Assessments

Chapter 12. Auditory, Visual, Visual Motor, and Sensory Processing Assessments
Assessing Auditory Processing Disorders
Assessing Visual Processing Disorders
Assessing Visual Motor Skills and Dyspraxia
Assessing Sensory Processing Disorders

Chapter 13. Adaptive Behavior and Functional Behavior Assessments
Adaptive Behavior Assessmentss
Functional Behavior Assessments

Chapter 14. Transition Assessments
Transition Assessments
Planning the Transition Assessment
Tests and Inventories for Transition Assessments
Answers to Questions about Transition Assessment

Chapter 15. Assessing English Language Learners (ELLs)
Evaluating Children with Limited English Proficiency
English Proficiency or Learning Disability?
Tests Designed for English Language Learners
Assessing Reading in English Language Learners

Assessing English Language Learners: Special Factors
Adopted Children and Foreign Language Issues
Educational Resources for Educators and Parents

Table of Tests

Glossary of Assessment Terms


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