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Tests & Measurements: Parent Checklist

Understanding Your Child's Test Scores
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1. Read this article - three times.  Tests & Measurements for the Parent, Teacher, Attorney & Advocate. Print the article. Use your highlighter.   





2. Gather the names, dates, and scores of each test that has been administered to your child (including tests that have been administered more than once).    





3. Make a list of all tests administered to your child. Arrange your list in chronological order. Begin your list with the tests that have been administered most frequently (i.e., WISC, WJ, WIAT, KTEA).   





4. Find the *standard scores or percentile rank scores in your child's file.   





*5. If the standard scores are not available, ask the school for them. Request the data in standard score format.    





6. First administration of a test battery: Write down all of the standard scores.   





7. Convert these first scores to percentile ranks. (See links in #13)






8. Most recent testing of the same battery. Write down all of the standard scores.   





9. Convert these recent scores to percentile ranks. (See links in #13)






10. Compare the results of the first administration and the most recent testing.    





11. Review the comparison of scores. Determine whether your child is being remediated (catching up), staying in the same position, or (regressing) falling further behind the peer group.    





12. Chart out the test results. Show the greatest deficiencies where your child has shown minimal progress or regression. (Software programs like Excel and PowerPoint allow for dramatic visual presentations of data. If you do not have a computer, use graph paper.)    





13. After steps 1-12 are completed, gather your material. — bell curve chart and standard score / percentile rank chart, list of test scores, and copies of your child's evaluations.    





14. Consult with a private sector psychologist or educational diagnostician who can explain the significance of the scores using percentile ranks. Take your test data to the meeting.    





15. Ask the professional to use the bell curve chart that includes standard scores, standard deviations and percentile ranks. (If possible, it may be helpful to tape record the session so you can review test results at home.)    





Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd Edition:

  • 20 U.S.C. Section 1414, Evaluations, page 92.
  • 34 CFR 300.300, Evaluations, page 238.

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