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Assessment

In consultation with parents, students may be assessed in the areas of academic achievement, behaviour, visual-perception, and/or intellectual ability. Assessment involves gathering information through all or some of the following: observation, interviews, classroom tests, standardized testing, behavioural checklists and rating scales.

Standardized tests may be administered by resource teachers, the guidance counsellor, the speech-language pathologist (Ms. Sandy Crowley), and the educational assessment specialist (Ms. Catherine Gallop or Ms. Marina Collier).
 
DESCRIPTION OF TESTS

Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence—Third Edition (WPPSI-III)

The Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence—Third Edition (WPPSI-III) is a test of 10 subtests from which composite scores are derived. The Full Scale IQ (FSIQ) is typically derived from the combination of seven subtest scores and is considered the most representative estimate of global intellectual functioning.

Wechsler Fundamentals: Academic Skills (WF:AS)

The Wechsler Fundamentals: Academic Skills is a brief achievement test that measures broad skills in the areas of reading, spelling, and math computation. It contains four subtests: Word Reading (assesses word attack and decoding skills), Reading Comprehension (assesses pre-reading and reading comprehension skills), Spelling (assesses ability to spell), and Numerical Operations (assesses the ability to write numbers and calculate).

Developmental Test of Visual Perception-Second Edition (DTVP-2)

The Developmental Test of Visual Perception-Second Edition is an assessment of visual perception. Visual perception refers to the way in which the brain receives, organizes, stores, interprets, and transmits information from the eye. It controls accurate judgments of size, configuration, and spatial relationships.The Developmental Test of Visual Perception-Second Edition is a well-normed instrument which consists of a battery of eight subtests that measure different but interrelated visual perceptual and visual-motor abilities. An overall score is given in terms of general visual perception. General visual perception is composed of motor-reduced visual perception and visual-motor integration. The visual-motor integration subtests include Eye-Hand Coordination (the ability to draw precise straight or curved lines in accordance with visual boundaries), Copying (the ability to recognize the features of a design and to draw it from a model), Spatial Relations (the ability to connect dots to reproduce visually presented patterns), and Visual-Motor Speed (the rapidity with which a child can make certain marks in certain designs). The motor-reduced visual perception subtests include Position in Space (the ability to match two figures according to their common features), Figure-Ground (the ability to see specified figures even when they are hidden in confusing, complex backgrounds), Visual Closure (the ability to recognize a stimulus figure when it has been incompletely drawn), and Form Constancy [the ability to match two figures that vary on one or more discriminating features (ie., size, position, or shade)].

Speech-Language Assessments

contact Sandy Crowley, speech-language pathologist, at 944-7628 (ext. 238) or at scrowley@lsb.ca

Assessments by the Educational Assessment Specialists

contact Marina Collier at 944-3477 or at mcollier@lsb.ca or Catherine Gallop at 944-7628 (ext. 227) or at cgallop@lsb.ca)

Hearing Assessments and Articles
contact Mel Harris at 944-7628 (ext. 228) or at mharris@lsb.ca

EXPLANATION OF SCORES

Standard scores and percentile ranks allow us to compare children to other children the same age or in the same grade.

Standard scores within a cognitive abilities assessment or an academic assessment are described as follows:

      Above Average            110-119

      Average                      90-109

      Below Average            80-89

      Well Below Average    70-79

      Lower Extreme            <70

 
Percentile Rank means that your child has scored better than a certain percentage of the population the same age as your child. Average percentile rank is between the 25th and the 75th percentile.
 
                                                             
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