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A Primer for the WIAT-III

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  • 1. Wechsler Individual Achievement Test - 3 rd Ed. (WIAT-III) Dr. Edward M. Petrosky Licensed Psychologist (917) 520 – 4444 www.toolsforstudents.info A Primer (c) Dr. Edward M. Petrosky, 2009. Tags: WIAT-3, psychoeducation; evaluation; Queens, NY
  • 2. A Word on the Presenter
    • Licensed psychologist
    • Background in school & clinical psychology
    • Specializations include:
      • Dyslexia / Learning Disability Testing
      • Neuropsychological Evaluations
      • Evaluations of Behavioral and Emotional Problems
      • Workshops to parents, teachers, & students on academic and emotional growth
    • Evaluations help answer questions such as:
      • What is the problem? What is causing it? What can be done to help?
    • Facebook page: “Dr. Edward M. Petrosky”
    • www.toolsforstudents.info
    (c) Dr. Edward M. Petrosky, 2009. Tags: WIAT-3, psychoeducation; evaluation; Queens, NY
  • 3.
    • Overall, I think the WIAT-III is a significant improvement from the WIAT-II, including the addition of a measure of oral reading fluency and shorter administration time for many subtests.
    (c) Dr. Edward M. Petrosky, 2009. Tags: WIAT-3, psychoeducation; evaluation; Queens, NY
  • 4.
    • The following is an excerpt from my WIAT-III school-staff in-service training workshop.
    • Enjoy!
    (c) Dr. Edward M. Petrosky, 2009. Tags: WIAT-3, psychoeducation; evaluation; Queens, NY
  • 5. Important Preface
    • This presentation is meant to be a helpful aid in gaining an overview of the WIAT-III, but is not a substitute for reading the test manual.
    (c) Dr. Edward M. Petrosky, 2009. Tags: WIAT-3, psychoeducation; evaluation; Queens, NY
  • 6. Components of Reading (c) Dr. Edward M. Petrosky, 2009. Tags: WIAT-3, psychoeducation; evaluation; Queens, NY Reading Decoding Comprehension Fluency Reading Decoding Comprehension Fluency
  • 7. Reading Readiness Skills Cognitive abilities necessary for decoding (c) Dr. Edward M. Petrosky, 2009. Tags: WIAT-3, psychoeducation; evaluation; Queens, NY
  • 8. Reading Readiness
    • Early Reading Skills subtest
      • Items require the student to:
        • Identify letters and letter sounds
        • Identify and produce rhyming words
        • Segment words – identifying beginning and ending sounds
        • Blend sounds
        • Identify consonant blends
        • Do a small amount of basic sight word recognition
    (c) Dr. Edward M. Petrosky, 2009. Tags: WIAT-3, psychoeducation; evaluation; Queens, NY
  • 9. Reading Decoding Determining what a word is (c) Dr. Edward M. Petrosky, 2009. Tags: WIAT-3, psychoeducation; evaluation; Queens, NY
  • 10. Reading Decoding Skills
    • Word Reading Subtest
      • Student reads individual words
      • Assesses
        • Overall decoding skills
        • Natural decoding rate
    (c) Dr. Edward M. Petrosky, 2009. Tags: WIAT-3, psychoeducation; evaluation; Queens, NY
  • 11. Reading Decoding Skills
    • Pseudoword Decoding Subtest:
      • Student reads individual nonsense words
      • Assesses phonics skills
        • Because the words are made up the student has never seen them before and thus cannot rely on memorization to decode them. Therefore, assess phonics skill
        • Natural decoding rate (of unfamiliar words)
    (c) Dr. Edward M. Petrosky, 2009. Tags: WIAT-3, psychoeducation; evaluation; Queens, NY
  • 12. Reading Fluency The accuracy, rate, ease, and rhythm with which a person reads. (c) Dr. Edward M. Petrosky, 2009. Tags: WIAT-3, psychoeducation; evaluation; Queens, NY
  • 13. Reading Fluency
    • Oral Reading Fluency subtest
      • Student reads two passages aloud and answers a question about each passage
    • Assesses
      • Speed
      • Accuracy
      • Rhythm (Qualitatively)
    (c) Dr. Edward M. Petrosky, 2009. Tags: WIAT-3, psychoeducation; evaluation; Queens, NY
  • 14. Reading Comprehension Understanding what one reads (c) Dr. Edward M. Petrosky, 2009. Tags: WIAT-3, psychoeducation; evaluation; Queens, NY
  • 15. Reading Comprehension
    • Reading Comprehension subtest
      • Student reads passages and then answers questions about them.
      • Passage remains visible while questions are being read.
      • Much shorter administration time than the same subtest on the WIAT-2!
    (c) Dr. Edward M. Petrosky, 2009. Tags: WIAT-3, psychoeducation; evaluation; Queens, NY
  • 16. Components of Writing (c) Dr. Edward M. Petrosky, 2009. Tags: WIAT-3, psychoeducation; evaluation; Queens, NY
  • 17. Spelling
    • Spelling subtest
      • Student spells dictated words
    (c) Dr. Edward M. Petrosky, 2009. Tags: WIAT-3, psychoeducation; evaluation; Queens, NY
  • 18. Written Expression
    • Alphabet Writing Fluency Subtest
      • Student writes down letters of the alphabet as fast as he or she can.
    (c) Dr. Edward M. Petrosky, 2009. Tags: WIAT-3, psychoeducation; evaluation; Queens, NY
  • 19. Written Expression
    • Sentence Composition subtest
      • Sentence Combining portion
        • Student is to take two or more separate sentences and write one good sentence that means the same thing.
    (c) Dr. Edward M. Petrosky, 2009. Tags: WIAT-3, psychoeducation; evaluation; Queens, NY
  • 20. Written Expression
    • Sentence Composition subtest
      • Sentence Building portion
        • Student is to write a sentence using a target word
    (c) Dr. Edward M. Petrosky, 2009. Tags: WIAT-3, psychoeducation; evaluation; Queens, NY
  • 21. Written Expression
    • Essay Composition subtest
      • Student is to write an essay about his or her favorite game, including 3 reasons why
    (c) Dr. Edward M. Petrosky, 2009. Tags: WIAT-3, psychoeducation; evaluation; Queens, NY
  • 22. Components of Math (c) Dr. Edward M. Petrosky, 2009. Tags: WIAT-3, psychoeducation; evaluation; Queens, NY
  • 23. Mathematical Calculation Conducting mathematical computations (c) Dr. Edward M. Petrosky, 2009. Tags: WIAT-3, psychoeducation; evaluation; Queens, NY
  • 24. Mathematical Calculation
    • Numerical Operations subtest
      • Student solves math problems, ranging from addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division, to geometry and algebra.
    (c) Dr. Edward M. Petrosky, 2009. Tags: WIAT-3, psychoeducation; evaluation; Queens, NY
  • 25. Mathematical Reasoning The ability to identify what a problem is asking for and to select and successfully implement the correct solution. Ability to apply math to real-world, practical problems. (c) Dr. Edward M. Petrosky, 2009. Tags: WIAT-3, psychoeducation; evaluation; Queens, NY
  • 26. Mathematical Reasoning
    • Math Problem Solving subtest
      • Student solves math word problems, involving areas such as the basic operations, time, money, and interpreting graphs.
    (c) Dr. Edward M. Petrosky, 2009. Tags: WIAT-3, psychoeducation; evaluation; Queens, NY
  • 27. Mathematical Fluency The speed and automaticity with which a student can perform basic mathematical calculations. (c) Dr. Edward M. Petrosky, 2009. Tags: WIAT-3, psychoeducation; evaluation; Queens, NY
  • 28. Mathematical Fluency
    • Math Fluency - Addition subtest
    • Math Fluency – Subtraction subtest
    • Math Fluency – Multiplication subtest
      • Student solves as many simple problems as s/he can in each of the respective areas in 1 minute (per subtest).
    (c) Dr. Edward M. Petrosky, 2009. Tags: WIAT-3, psychoeducation; evaluation; Queens, NY
  • 29. Components of Oral Language (c) Dr. Edward M. Petrosky, 2009. Tags: WIAT-3, psychoeducation; evaluation; Queens, NY Oral Language Oral Expression Listening Comprehension
  • 30. Listening Comprehension The ability to understand spoken language. Receptive language. (c) Dr. Edward M. Petrosky, 2009. Tags: WIAT-3, psychoeducation; evaluation; Queens, NY
  • 31. Listening Comprehension
    • Listening Comprehension subtest
      • Receptive Vocabulary portion
        • Student listens to single words and points to the picture that matches the word.
    (c) Dr. Edward M. Petrosky, 2009. Tags: WIAT-3, psychoeducation; evaluation; Queens, NY
  • 32. Listening Comprehension
    • Listening Comprehension subtest
      • Oral Discourse portion
        • Student listens to a CD of spoken sentences and answers questions about what s/he heard. Includes dialogue and advertisement like narratives.
        • Return to a portion that was on original WIAT-II
          • More closely matches real life listening comprehension tasks
          • CD recording increases reliability of findings
          • Includes speech as naturally spoken (e.g. a child with imperfect articulation)
    (c) Dr. Edward M. Petrosky, 2009. Tags: WIAT-3, psychoeducation; evaluation; Queens, NY
  • 33. Oral Expression The ability to produce spoken language. Expressive language. (c) Dr. Edward M. Petrosky, 2009. Tags: WIAT-3, psychoeducation; evaluation; Queens, NY
  • 34. Oral Expression
    • Oral Expression subtest
      • Expressive Vocabulary portion
        • Student looks at a picture, listens to a definition, and the states the word that matches the picture and definition.
        • For the WIAT-2 this was on the Listening Comprehension subtest
    (c) Dr. Edward M. Petrosky, 2009. Tags: WIAT-3, psychoeducation; evaluation; Queens, NY
  • 35. Oral Expression
    • Oral Expression subtest
      • Oral Word Fluency portion
        • Student names as many objects from certain categories as s/he can in 60 seconds (a hypothetical example of which would be naming as many hobbies as one can in a minute).
        • Category selection an improvement from WIAT-2; on WIAT-2 one of the categories was frequently misunderstood by students.
    (c) Dr. Edward M. Petrosky, 2009. Tags: WIAT-3, psychoeducation; evaluation; Queens, NY
  • 36. Oral Expression
    • Oral Expression subtest
      • Sentence Repetition portion
        • Student listens to the examiner state a sentence and has to repeat it back verbatim.
    (c) Dr. Edward M. Petrosky, 2009. Tags: WIAT-3, psychoeducation; evaluation; Queens, NY
  • 37. Thank you very much! If your school or organization would like a comprehensive training on administering , scoring , and interpreting the WIAT-III please call 917-520-4444 (c) Dr. Edward M. Petrosky, 2009. Tags: WIAT-3, psychoeducation; evaluation; Queens, NY