Tests and Assessments: EDUCATIONAL TESTING

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Rachel:  We would like to have our six year old daughter tested. She is having trouble reading. We will be paying for the testing ourselves and want to provide the information to the teacher next year so that the school can address our child’s educational needs. We would like to have the best testing possible done. Is there a list of testers or do you have a recommendation on whom to use for the testing. We can do the test in any of the following cities where we have family: New York; Miami; Denver or DC.

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Rachel:

If you want to learn what to expect, how to prepare, and how to find a good evaluator and don’t have a copy of Wrightslaw: All About Tests and Assessments, you may want to get one. https://www.wrightslaw.com/store/aat.html

You’ll learn about:

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 realities about tests and assessment

how small differences between tests can result in large differences in scores

Read these articles:

Assessment 101 https://www.wrightslaw.com/info/assessment.part1.khan.htm
What to Expect from an Evaluation http://www.fetaweb.com/help/eval.expect.meyer.htm

Use the Yellow Pages for Kids Directory to find an evaluator or educational consultant in the area that works for you. http://www.yellowpagesforkids.com