You'll find detailed information on the make-up and purpose of each of 109 different tests, including subtests, scoring, diagnostic patterns if any, and specific strengths and weaknesses, all conveniently organized into the following sections:
- Wechsler Scales of Intelligence.This section covers the three most commonly used individual intelligence tests in education, which measure a variety of intellectual areas and compute a Verbal, Performance and Full-Scale IQ.
- Intellectual Assessment Measures.Nine different tests measuring skills such as perceptual organization, processing speed, and long and short term memory skills are described here, including the Stanford-Binet Intelligence Scale, Kaufman Assessment Battery for Children, Columbia Mental Maturity Scales, Slosson Intelligence Test-Revised, and five others.
- Achievement Assessment Measures.31 measures of reading, spelling, writing, and math achievement are covered, including tests such as the Gray Oral Reading Test-3, Test of Written Language-2, Diagnostic Word Patterns, Key Math-R, and Wide Range Achievement-3.
- Perceptual Measures.The 14 tests in this section help diagnose process and modality strengths and weaknesses and include measures like the Bender Visual Motor Gestalt Test, Test of Auditory Perceptual Skills-R, and the Woodcock Johnson Psychoeducational Battery-R.
- Language, Psychological & Social, and Adaptive Measures.This section describes 25 tests in the areas of language, behavior, emotional and social development, such as the Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test-3, Conners' Parent and Teacher Rating Scales, and Vineland AdaptiveBehaviorScale.
- Early Childhood, Hearing-Impaired, Occupational & Physical Therapy, and Bilingual Tests.The 29 tests in this section are concerned with a variety of potential disabilities and include measures such as the Denver Developmental Screening Test-R, Carolina Picture Vocabulary Test for Deaf and Hearing Impaired, Purdue Perceptual Motor Survey, and ESL Literacy Scale.
In addition, the Guide thoroughly covers the various stages of evaluation, interpretation, diagnosis, prescription, and remediation and offers up-to-date guidance on gathering information, the parents' role in the assessment process, understanding children's behavior during testing, writing and developing IEPs, and implementing remediation techniques in the classroom.
The valuable appendices at the end of the Guide give you the names, addresses, phone and fax numbers of test publishers test references guides by category and by name a glossary of test & measurement, special education, psychological, and occupational therapy terms and special education abbreviations.
As the authors point out, "With the proper tests and their proper interpretation, many problems exhibited by students with special needs can be more rapidly and appropriately addressed.As with any event, early diagnosis and intervention can mean all the difference in an individual's life"
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Table of Contents
Preventive Measures Prior to Assessment.
Purpose of Assessment.
Components of a Thorough Assessment.
How Students are Identified for Assessment.
Assessment and Federal Law.
Parental Consent and the Assessment Process.
SECTION 2: METHODS OF GATHERING INFORMATION.
The Screening and Referral process.
Child Study Teams/Pupil Personnel Teams.
Reviewing School Records.
Looking at the Student's Work.
New Outlooks on Assessment.
SECTION 3: THE WECHSLER SCALES OF INTELLIGENCE.
How to Determine Relative Process Strengths and Weaknesses on the Wechsler Scales.
Diagnostic Patterns on the Wechsler Scales.
How to Determine Modality or Channel Strengths and Weaknesses on the Wechsler Scales.
Other Forms of Analysis Using the Wechsler Scales.
Strengths of the Wechsler Scales.
Strengths of the Wechsler Scales.
Weaknesses of the Wechsler Scales.
SECTION 4: OTHER INTELLECTUAL ASSESSMENT MEASURES.
How to Analyze a Student's Intellectual Profile Effectively.
SECTION 5: ACHIEVEMENT ASSESSMENT MEASURES.
Interpreting Reading Tests.
Oral Reading Assessment.
Reading Comprehension Assessment.
Word Recognition Skills Assessment.
Word Attack Skills Assessment.
Summary of Reading Assessment.
Interpreting Spelling Tests.
Questions Prior to Assessment.
Information Obtained from the Teacher Prior to Assessment.
WRITTEN LANGUAGE ASSESSMENT.
Interpreting Written Composition.
Components OF Writing.
Interpreting Arithmetic/Mathematics Tests.
COMPREHENSIVE ACHIEVEMENT ASSESSMENT.
SECTION 6: PERCEPTUAL MEASURES.
The Learning Process.
Objectives of perceptual Evaluation.
VISUAL PERCEPTION ASSESSMENT.
Diagnostic Symptoms for Visual Perception Disabilities.
AUDITORY PERCEPTION ASSESSMENT.
Diagnostic Symptoms for Auditory Perceptual Disabilities.
COMPREHENSIVE ASSESSMENT OF PERCEPTUAL ABILITIES.
SECTION 7: AN OVERVIEW OF LANGUAGE, PSYCHOLOGICAL & SOCIAL AND ADAPTIVE MEASURES.
SPEECH AND LANGUAGE ASSESSMENT.
Interpreting Speech and Language Tests.
PSYCHOLOGICAL AND SOCIAL ASSESSMENT.
Behavioral, Emotional, and Social Development
ADAPTIVE BEHAVIOR ASSESSMENT.
Assessing Adaptive Behavior.
SECTION 8: AN OVERVIEW OF EARLY CHILDHOOD, HEARING IMPAIRED, OCCUPATIONAL & PHYSICAL THERAPY, AND BILINGUAL TESTS.
EARLY CHILDHOOD ASSESSMENT.
Causes of Hearing Impairment.
Degrees of hearing Impairment.
OCCUPATIONAL AND PHYSICAL THERAPY ASSESSMENT.
The Therapist's Many Roles.
Referral of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students.
SECTION 9: UNDERSTANDING A STUDENT'S BEHAVIOR DURING TESTING.
Adjustment to the Testing Situation.