The Psyc**ducational Assessment Process
The student is referred to the DAIU, Student Support Services for presenting problems which include but are not limited to, academic challenges, cognitive impairments, emotional disturbance, behavioral issues, and or developmental delays.
An SSSD referral form can be completed by a student, parent, teacher or principal. It is submitted either to the SSSD personnel at the school or to the District office. The forms are collected and reviewed by the SSSD district Multi-disciplinary Team, which will assign the case to the appropriately trained psychologist for assessment.
The student’s parents/guardian is contacted to schedule an appointment for the assessment to begin.
Test administration typically takes one to two sessions to complete and is conducted by the assigned psychologist. The student should be accompanied by an adult, preferably a parent/ guardian on testing day. The student will be given breaks during administration and allowed to have refreshments.
Before testing can begin, informed consent is needed by a parent/guardian. Informed consent gives the psychologist permission to asses and stipulates that confidentiality will be maintained at all times. Breaches of confidentiality are also explained to the parent, i.e., disclosures of and suspected instances of abuse and neglect of the child, child’s intent to harm him/herself or someone else and if records are subpoenaed by a court body.
Testing begins with a clinical interview between the student’s parent/guardian and the psychologist. This interview is conducted to gather qualitative information about the child to help create a clinical picture. The student is also interviewed thereafter.
Subsequently, the student engages in a series of tasks that examine his/her skills and knowledge. Some assessments examine their intellectual ability, personality, visual spatial skills and academic achievement. Parents and teachers may also be required to fill out specialized forms to gather additional data.
The psychologist uses unique skillset to score and interpret the results of the testing administration.
The results are tabulated, and a concisely written report is produced to explain what specific challenges the student may be experiencing. For example, analysis may or may not reveal that the student meets the criteria for a diagnosis such as Autism or Dyslexia.
The purpose of the psyc**ducational assessment is mainly to inform recommendations which may help the student in those specific areas that he or she has challenges.
A feedback session is conducted with the student’s parents/guardian to intricately discuss the findings of the assessment and the recommendations provided.