What are Educational Evaluations?
Before your child can receive help for a learning disability their school must conduct an evaluation or assessment to determine if it is a learning disability or some other problem This evaluation or psychoeducational assessment describes your child’s academic strengths and weaknesses. It is used as the basis for creating your child’s IEP.
The Evaluation is Designed to Answer These Questions
- Does the child have a learning disability?
- what are their academic and cognitive abilities?
- What are their academic and cognitive strengths and weaknesses?
- What are the appropriate educational recommendations and accommodations?
A Team of Professionals Conducts all Educational Evaluations
This team is made up of teachers, parent, school administrators, school psychologist, and other specialists such as speech and reading. Educational evaluations are not just one test or assessment. It is a series of tests and assessments from a wide range of people including you, the parents. Here are some of the tests and assessments included
- Psychological Evaluation-How your child learns best as well as social skills.
- Physical Exam-Vision, Hearing, and General Health
- Observations-From classrooms
- Educational Testing-To measure your child’s skills and needs
- Functional Behavioral Assessments-Information from teachers and others aimed at understanding your child’s behavior in a variety of settings
- The evaluation should take no more than 60 days to complete including a written assessment.