Psychological-Educational Assessment

Psycho-educational assessment utilizes standardized tests to identify a student’s strengths and weaknesses across many areas of functioning.  “Standardized Tests ” are tests with standard methods of administration that have been normed from demographically representative samples.  There are literally hundreds of standardized tests that can be utilized to measure any number of  skills, from group achievement (MEAP, SAT, ACT, GRE, LSAT) to individual intelligence (Woodcock Johnson (WJ), WISC, Stanford-Binet).  In Psycho-educational assessment, these areas include but are not limited to the following:

·         Cognitive Development

·         Academic Achievement

·         Adaptive Functioning

·         Visual Perception

·         Motor Coordination

·         Visual-Motor Integration

·         Behavior

·         Emotion

Psycho-educational testing is conducted on an individual basis in a controlled setting to provide the most valid and accurate representation of the student's individual skill level and ability.  It is important to remember, however, that classrooms are decidedly NOT controlled settings with innumerable multi-sensory distractions .  Therefore,  student performance on standardized testing is typically much better than student performance in the regular classroom. 

Basic Test Descriptions

1.  Woodcock-Johnson Psycho-educational Battery

2.  Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children

3.  VMI Test of Visual-Motor Integration

4.  VMI Test of Visual Perception

5.  VMI Test of Motor Coordination

6.  Stanford-Binet Intelligence Scale:  Fourth Edition

7.  Human Figure Drawing

8.  Test of Orthographic Processing Skills

9.  Gordon Diagnostic System III-R

10.  Vineland Adaptive Behavior Evaluation Scale

11.  Attention Deficit Disorders Evaluation Scale

12.  Emotional and Behavior Problems Scale

13.  Teachers' Checklist

14.  Parents' Checklist

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