ASSESSMENT & TESTING
Appropriately interpreted assessment data provides insights about students’ intellectual, academic, socioemotional, behavioral, and adaptive skills. We provide assessment services to support students, parents, and educational teams to develop effective educational plans for students. Our services include:
INDEPENDENT EDUCATIONAL EVALUATIONS
An Independent Educational Evaluation (IEE) is an educational assessment completed by a qualified private assessor. A parent has a right to request an IEE when they disagree with the assessment completed by their child’s school. An IEE is unbiased and based upon the parent’s referral concerns. The district pays for the IEE if they approve the parent’s request. The evaluation includes an assessment of the student’s reasoning and thinking skills, processing abilities, academic skills, behavioral functioning, and mental health needs. Parents may request an IEE in the areas of speech and language, occupational therapy, and more. Learn more about whether your child would benefit from an IEE.
ADHD is a disorder that affects a person’s ability to focus, pay attention, control impulses, and manage behavior. An ADHD evaluation may be needed if you or your child are struggling with inattention, hyperactivity, or impulsivity, and these symptoms impact your educational progress. It will determine if you or your child meets diagnostic criteria. Additionally, assessment data will also us to identify areas of strength and weakness and provide recommendations for behavioral interventions and school supports.
GIFTED TESTING AND EVALUATION
Does your child learn new information quickly? Perhaps they need to be mentally challenged more? Or maybe they show endless curiosity? Do they demonstrate extremely high academic achievement? Then they may be gifted. We use IQ and academic tests to determine your child’s level of intellectual and academic skills and identify their areas of specific strengths and weaknesses. Additionally, the results may be used for applying gifted programs and schools. These comprehensive evaluations are very helpful for students who show signs of giftedness and disability (i.e. Twice-Exceptional).
Is your child’s behavior getting in the way of their learning? If so, a behavioral assessment can help by: 1. identify specific problem behaviors, 2. determining the purpose of the behavior, 3. and assisting parents and educational teams with developing a plan to reduce behavior problems and increase positive behaviors. These evaluations require careful observations, interviews with staff and parents, and consultation with students.
MENTAL HEALTH EVALUATION
Sometimes the issues that get in the way of learning have little to do with a student’s academic skills. For instance, social and emotional issues, such as anxiety and depression get in the way of a student being able to concentrate and focus on schoolwork. In these cases, a mental health assessment can help identify what issues are affecting the student and help develop a treatment, intervention, and support plan. These assessments can also help to determine if a student meets special education criteria for Emotional Disturbance and Educationally-Related Mental Health Services.
LEARNING DISABILITY EVALUATION
A student’s difficulty processing specific types of information may be due to a learning disability. There are several types of learning disabilities, including dyslexia, dyscalculia, and dysgraphia. A learning disability evaluation examines a student’s intellectual functioning and psychological processing skills. The assessment results, along with other student data, are used to determine if a disability or processing difference exists and how to best support the student’s unique learning profile.
After each assessment, parents or adult students are provided with a detailed report including test results, interpretations and implications, and recommendations. These results are provided in a timely manner and reviewed with the family or student. We offer evening and weekend appointments to accommodate clients’ busy school and work schedules.
Disproportionality related to special education and school discipline is a growing problem. These issues lead to growing achievement gaps. We offer specialized assistance to address these issues.
DISTRICT-LEVEL FILE REVIEWS
Comprehensive special education file reviews provide valuable insights regarding eligibility, referral, assessment, and service trends. Thoughtful data analysis allows districts, SELPAs, and special education programs to address special education disproportionality, plan effective professional development, and better support students.
Home Educator Support
We empower home educators with tools and resources so that they can effectively support their student’s educational goals and aspirations. Our support services include parent training, workshops, coaching, and student counseling services.
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