How Students Learn
Using Tests to Uncover Learning Problems

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ISSN: 1538-320
May 22, 2012

boy taking testTests are essential to measure progress and learning.

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

We use evaluations to discover learning problems and measure how students are learning and achieving.

In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate, you will learn about educational achievement tests, what different tests measure, and what the test results mean. Get information about commonly used tests of reading skills and written expression.

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What Reading Tests Measure

Learn about the most commonly used tests of reading - what they measure, how they are administered, and their limitations.

Dr. Melissa Farrall describes Reading Tests: What They Measure, and Don't Measure.


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Assessments, Evaluations, and Tests

Get information, articles, resources, and find answers to your frequently asked questions about evaluations at Assessments, Evaluations and Tests.


Written Language Evaluations

In Testing Written Expression: Myths and Misconceptions, Dr. Melissa Farrall explains what should be included in a written language evaluation.

Dr. Farrall says, "scores on tests do not tell the whole story. When evaluating writing skill, it is important to look at the skills tested."


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Does RTI Replace the Need for an Evaluation?

No. RTI is not a substitute for a comprehensive evaluation in determining eligibility for special education as a child with SLD.

When parents write that the school won’t evaluate for special education because the child is going through RTI, Pam Wright answers this question, "Is RTI Equivalent to Special Education?"


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