What is a Psyc**ducational Assessment?
A psyc**ducational assessment provides an estimate of students’ current intellectual functioning, educational achievement, visual-motor functioning, as well as, social, behavioural and/or emotional functioning. A measure of adaptive behaviour is also administered when necessary. Psyc**ducational assessments include the administration of a battery of psychometric tests, history taking and clinical observation to determine the student’s learning profile, strengths and weaknesses. The psyc**ducational assessment report is valid for a maximum of three years from the date of assessment.
Benefits of a Psyc**ducational Assessment
- Information on how the student processes information, academic strengths and areas for improvement.
- A possible diagnosis of, for example, a learning disorder, intellectual disability, borderline intellectual functioning or any adaptive, social, emotional, behavioural or attention-related challenge that may be impeding academic progress.
- Recommendations for effective treatment planning and intervention specific to the student’s needs. Recommendations include but are not limited to strategies to be implemented at home and in the school, resources and tools, groups and organizations that can be accessed for additional support.
- The report can be used to access additional specialized services e.g. Concessions for examinations, Special School Grants, Alternative Placement. It can also act as a referral to external services such as the Child Guidance Clinic, Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language Therapy.
Cost of a Psyc**ducational Assessment
Psyc**ducational assessment reports can range in cost from $3,000.00 to $9,000.00 TTD. This cost typically varies based on the provider, nature of the presenting problem(s), subsequent battery of tests used, and duration of administration. A basic battery of test should include, an ability test, achievement test, visual-spatial test, and personality test. The confidential report generated from the assessment is the property of the parent or guardian of the child; as such a complete, signed and dated copy should be provided upon completion. At the Ministry of Education, this service is provide FREE of charge by the Developmental Assessment and Intervention Unit, Student Support Services Division.