Multi-Step Assessment Sequence for a Comprehensive Psychoeducational Evaluation
The Psychologists in our Psychoeducational Department administer a variety of tests designed to answer specific questions regarding a student’s academic and social/emotional needs. This is accomplished through interviews, consultations, review of previous evaluations, and administration of a battery of tests.
When the questions are specific, such as a desire to identify a child’s ability, concerns about developmental issues, knowledge about a student’s reading skills, attentional issues, perceptual-motor development, emotional needs, etc., a comprehensive assessment to answer those particular queries is administered.
If a student appears to have a learning issue that is not specific, it is important to learn as much as possible in order to make a correct diagnosis. To accomplish this, we utilize the following multi-step action sequence:
- Parents are asked to complete a detailed developmental history questionnaire that addresses the child’s physical and social development.
- Parents meet with the psychologist who will evaluate the student to offer further impressions.
- The psychologist reviews all school reports, previous evaluations, and other pertinent data regarding the student’s academic, medical, and social development.
- With the parents’ consent, the psychologist speaks with the student’s teacher; and, when indicated, visits the school to learn how he or she functions in the classroom.
- If applicable, and with the parents’ consent, conversations will also be held with the student’s tutor, therapist, and other involved individuals.
- The formal evaluation may take place over several sessions and can range from six to nine hours.
- The student receives an individually administered battery of tests to measure intellectual ability, perceptual and perceptual-motor functioning, language and processing skills, executive functioning, academic achievement, learning style, visual and auditory memory, attention and concentration, and social/emotional adjustment.
- Following the assessment, the parents meet with the evaluator to discuss the findings and recommendations.
- The student also has an individual session to learn the results and discuss the recommendations.
- The psychologist provides a thorough written report that includes recommendations for the teachers and the parents.
- Parents are asked to read the report before it is submitted to the school.
- The psychologist is available to speak to those who will be involved with the student and answer any questions that may be raised from the findings and/or the report.