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A Guide for Parents and Students
|Q. ||When is testing recommended?|
|A. ||Psycho-educational testing is often recommended to determine the level of academic functioning and academic potential when a student is struggling in school. When teacher and parents question why certain tasks or subjects seem difficult, evaluations can provide answers and appropriate measures can be taken to attain success. The school counselors and (at Upper School) the Director of Academic Resources can be contacted to provide names for referrals.
|Q. ||What do I ask for?|
|A. ||You will usually ask for a comprehensive psycho-educational evaluation.
This will include the student's developmental history, current achievement
levels, an intelligence test (usually the Wechsler Intelligence Test for
Children, referred to as the WISC), screening for learning disabilities,
and other psychological or neurological testing as deemed necessary by
the evaluator. In most cases the school does not require that specific
tests be administered. The evaluator will determine which tests are appropriate.
It is helpful for the evaluator to speak with appropriate individuals
from the school (e.g. teachers, academic support personnel, counselors
or the child's advisor). In some situations the evaluator may want
the student's current teachers to fill out evaluations and questionnaires.
When teachers are asked to fill out such questionnaires they will do so
privately and handle the matter with confidentiality. Some evaluators
may want to observe the student in school. The input from a variety of
sources will help the evaluator put together an accurate portrait of your
Additionally, it is often very helpful to provide the evaluator with your
child's grades and comments.
|Q. ||Where do you go for this type of testing?|
|A. ||Seven Hills does not require that you use certain evaluators, but can provide you with several names for referral. When a referral is made, please consider the following: |
Most evaluators will schedule one intake session, two or three testing sessions, and one session to discuss the findings. These appointments are usually about an hour, but testing sessions may be longer.
How soon can the testing process begin? How soon can the results be processed and accessible?
Will your medical insurance cover the testing? How do the fees compare with other evaluators? (Testing costs vary according to the type and amount of testing. Prices for a full educational battery tend to range from $1500 to $4,000.) You are entitled to an evaluation by the school district in which Seven Hills resides, Cincinnati Public Schools, by its school team, free of charge. Testing through Cincinnati Public must begin within 90 school days of your formal request for evaluation; this time frame may or may not be acceptable to you for your child's situation.
- Reliability and Reputation
Is the evaluator qualified and certified to administer the tests needed? For example, a Reading Specialist is qualified to administer several tests but generally would not be qualified to give the WISC. Has the school indicated that they found the reports of this evaluator valid and useful? Does the evaluator make the student feel at ease? Does the evaluator offer a conference with parents and student to discuss the results?
- Expertise of the Evaluator
Does the evaluator specialize in diagnosing the suspected problem? For example, if you suspect Attention Deficit Disorder, does the evaluator specialize in that type of diagnosis? What is the testing process?
|Q. ||What results can you expect and how will they be used?|
|A. ||A good psycho-educational evaluation will focus on how the student learns, as opposed to what he or she knows. It will focus on the specific strengths and weaknesses of the student, rather than on any cumulative score. Test results sometimes lead to a recommendation of accommodations for class work and testing. |
Another recommendation sometimes made is that the student should have similar accommodations on standardized tests such as the SAT, SAT II or AP tests. In order to qualify for this, the Educational Testing Service has published guidelines.
It is very helpful to have the evaluator meet with your child's teachers to review test results and collaborate to plan effective strategies. The written report from the evaluator is included in the student's cumulative file, with parent permission, so that future teachers can refer to it for help in understanding the studentís learning profile.