Why is assessment important?
Assessment is important because of all the decisions you will have to make about your child. Teachers are also called upon every day to make decisions before, during, and after their teaching. Whereas some of these decisions may seem small and inconsequential, others will be critically important thus influencing the life course of your child. Assessment guides those decisions and may alter your child’s learning outcomes in a positive direction. Assessment should bring about benefits for children and their parents.
What is assessment?
Assessment should be tailored to a specific purpose and should be reliable, valid, and fair for that purpose. Assessment should be age appropriate in both content and the method of data collection. It should address the full range of early learning and development, including physical well-being and motor development; social and emotional development; approaches toward learning; language development; as well as cognitive functioning and fund of general knowledge.
Each child’s first- and second-language development should be taken into account when determining appropriate assessment methods and in interpreting the meaning of assessment results. Because of that, assessment should include multiple sources of evidence, especially reports from parents and teachers. Assessment results should be shared with parents as part of an ongoing process that involves parents in their child’s education.
What is the purpose of assessment?
Our assessment services cater to students with learning disabilities ranging in age between 6 and 18 for the purpose of:
- Identifying children’s special needs
- Determining appropriate placement
- Selecting appropriate curricula to meet children’s individual needs
- Referring children and, as appropriate, their families for additional services and programs
Why so many assessments?
Evaluators require multiple measures to ensure that they gain an accurate picture of a student’s performance compared with others at the same grade level. This process is essential, because a student might not do well on a specific assessment due to performance anxiety or a learning disability, but an alternate measure might demonstrate that the student can function at grade level given certain conditions. Depending on an analysis of the presenting issues, our evaluators make relevant recommendations based on the results.