ASSESSMENT

As-sess-ment – from the Latin Assidere, meaning “to sit beside”

Schools are required to assess children for learning disabilities upon parent request.  If a disability is found to affect the student's academic functioning, then Special Education Services must be provided, according to California and Federal Law. 

Our independent assessments include all legal requirements, but go far beyond, often revealing hidden strengths and talents that may otherwise remain undiscovered.  These findings can lead to the design of a successful Individualized Educational Plan (IEP), implementing new ways to accomplish academic tasks.  Accommodations entitled to the student will also be identified and implemented into the plan.  In some cases, students may need a higher level intervention that can be attained in public school.  Our assessments will identify whether that is so, and ensure that your child receives a Free and Appropriate Pubic Education (FAPE) as defined by law.  Our assessments always equal or surpass Best Practices Standards, as set by the National Association of School Psychologists.   

Results are evaluated and explained in detail to student, parents, and schools.  If there are disagreements, they are worked out at that time, with everyone on the same page before the school meeting is convened.  A thorough psycho-educational report is written and presented in person at the IEP, along with recommendations for students and teachers.  Each evaluation includes at least:

•A thorough review of student’s records, including developmental, family, medical, academic, behavioral, and social-emotional histories

•Observations of student in most or all classes

•In-depth interviews with student, parents, teachers, therapists and other professionals

•A comprehensive battery of formal tests, rating scales, and other assessment tools, including

    • Two or more measures of intelligence

    • Tests for auditory processing, visual processing, visual-motor integration, long term, short term, and working memory, verbal and non-verbal reasoning, visual-spatial functioning, and attention

    • Social-emotional and behavioral assessments based on rating scales and interviews with student, parents, and teachers

    • When indicated, a thorough comprehensive analysis for autistic spectrum disorder (AUT)

      Some school districts in California do not allow intelligence testing, because of alleged racial bias of tests.  However, independent assessments are accepted by schools, and their results must be considered when designing a student’s Individualized Education Plan.