FAQs: Evaluations, Tests, and Assessments

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ISSN: 1538-320
May 13, 2014

If you are like most people, you have questions about tests.

  • How do tests measure skills?
  • What do the test scores mean?
  • Should you request specific tests?
  • How do I request a special education evaluation and how to provide parental consent?

If your child has a disability, you need objective information about his strengths, weaknesses, and needs before making decisions about his educational program.

In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate you will find answers to frequently asked questions about evaluations, tests, and assessments. Preview the newest "All About" book, Wrightslaw: All About Tests and Assessments and download a free chapter.

Please don't hesitate to forward this issue to other friends, families, or colleagues.

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My son has problems with reading and writing. I’m curious about dyslexia. What type of doctor can test him? What tests do they use?

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What Should an Evaluation of Articulation and Phonological Disorders Include?

A speech and language assessment should describe your child’s ability to articulate sounds with accuracy. The evaluation should include tests that identify articulation errors.

Tests of articulation include the:

  • Goldman- Fristoe Test of Articulation, Second Edition (GFTA-2)
  • Diagnostic Evaluation of Articulation and Phonology (DEAP).

An evaluation should also include speech samples and an analysis of the sounds your child can produce with modeling and prompting. The SLP may recommend speech therapy, or monitor changes over time...

Read more on page 88,Chapter 9, Speech and Language Assessments, Wrightslaw: All About Tests and Assessments.


Executive Function: Impact on Math Skills

My daughter’s executive function skills and processing speed were in the 1st percentile.

Did the evaluation make recommendations? An evaluator or educational diagnostician should be able to determine exactly what your daughter needs and can advise the school about this.

Wrightslaw: All About Tests and Assessments, Chapter 8, Mathematics and Math Assessments: Table 8-1 is a list of mathematics tests and subtests and the skills assessed by each test.


Are You Stuck in RTI Purgatory When the School Refuses to Evaluate?

The school would NOT do a multi-factored evaluation for my son. He is trapped in RTI.

2011 OSEP Memorandum clarifies that RTI cannot be used to delay or deny an evaluation for eligibility under IDEA.


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