Assessment Components

Referrals to Special Education come from two sources: They are either referred by the parent or by a teacher. If you think your child is struggling, do not hesitate to call your school and request a PPT to evaluate your child
A thorough evaluation has four core components:

  1. Developmental History: This is a detailed review of your child’s medical, educational, family, and social background. It’s important to have this information to put the test data into the appropriate context. Accurate diagnoses of learning and attention disorders, for example, require ruling out medical causes for these concerns.
  2. Cognitive Assessment: This is a detailed examination of learning skills and abilities. Intelligence testing is usually a part of this work. Well-developed IQ tests are excellent catalogues of the thinking skills that are required for success in school. The cognitive assessment should also include specialized measures of attention, memory, and planning and organization (sometimes called executive functioning).
  3. Academic Achievement: A comprehensive battery of tests is used to evaluate your child’s skills in reading, math, and writing. Most of these batteries assess basic skills, the ability to apply the skills, and the ability to work rapidly and efficiently.
  4. Behavior, Social and Emotional Functioning: This portion of the evaluation assesses your child’s behavioral strengths and challenges, interpersonal skills and emotional life. It’s important to identify strengths and assets as well as any difficulties that might be present.
Note: Your signature is required for a consent for special testing form.