Knowledge of the characteristics of technically sound direct and indirect diagnostic assessments provides a depth of knowledge for participating on school-based decision-making teams. Academic, cognitive, behavioral, and functional living assessments provide specific insight into the strengths and needs of students. Understanding the applications of these assessments and what they measure can help guide special education teachers in how to apply these in the school and classroom settings.
Usually, the special education teacher conducts academic assessments while the school psychologist will conduct cognitive and some behavioral types of assessments. The psychologist may also interview parents and teachers and have them complete checklists, such as a child behavior checklist or a Vineland Adaptive Behavioral Scale to gain more information about how a student functions at home and on campus. Occasionally, the psychologist will complete the academic assessment instead of the special education teacher. Any related service providers, such as the speech therapist, occupational therapist, or others, conduct their own assessments to determine eligibility if needed. The evaluation process will vary based on the team and policies and procedures in place at the local education agency (LEA).
Use the “Diagnostic Assessment Graphic Organizer Templat” to outline the most current edition of each of the following :
Wechsler Individual Achievement Test – (direct)
Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children – (direct)
Conners – (indirect)
Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales – (indirect)
Your graphic organizer should include for each assessment:
Resource supporting the assessment.
A brief 50-100 word description discussing the applications of the assessment.
A brief 50-100 word description of what the assessment measures.
The publication date of the assessment.
Applicable age/grade levels for the assessment.
Type of scores yielded.
Support your findings with a minimum of one credible resource per assessment.
While APA format is not required for the body of this assignment, solid academic writing is expected, and in-text citations and references should be presented using APA documentation guidelines, which can be found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center.
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SPD-556-T1-Diagnostic Assessments Grap