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WIAT-III A Primer

  1. 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. 2. A Word on the Presenter <ul><li>Licensed psychologist </li></ul><ul><li>Background in school & clinical psychology </li></ul><ul><li>Specializations include: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Dyslexia / Learning Disability Testing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Neuropsychological Evaluations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Evaluations of Behavioral and Emotional Problems </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Workshops to parents, teachers, & students on academic and emotional growth </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Evaluations help answer questions such as: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What is the problem? What is causing it? What can be done to help? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Facebook page: “Dr. Edward M. Petrosky” </li></ul><ul><li>www.toolsforstudents.info </li></ul>(c) Dr. Edward M. Petrosky, 2009. Tags: WIAT-3, psychoeducation; evaluation; Queens, NY
  3. 3. <ul><li>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. </li></ul>(c) Dr. Edward M. Petrosky, 2009. Tags: WIAT-3, psychoeducation; evaluation; Queens, NY
  4. 4. <ul><li>The following is an excerpt from my WIAT-III school-staff in-service training workshop. </li></ul><ul><li>Enjoy! </li></ul>(c) Dr. Edward M. Petrosky, 2009. Tags: WIAT-3, psychoeducation; evaluation; Queens, NY
  5. 5. Important Preface <ul><li>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. </li></ul>(c) Dr. Edward M. Petrosky, 2009. Tags: WIAT-3, psychoeducation; evaluation; Queens, NY
  6. 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. 7. Reading Readiness Skills Cognitive abilities necessary for decoding (c) Dr. Edward M. Petrosky, 2009. Tags: WIAT-3, psychoeducation; evaluation; Queens, NY
  8. 8. Reading Readiness <ul><li>Early Reading Skills subtest </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Items require the student to: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Identify letters and letter sounds </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Identify and produce rhyming words </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Segment words – identifying beginning and ending sounds </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Blend sounds </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Identify consonant blends </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Do a small amount of basic sight word recognition </li></ul></ul></ul>(c) Dr. Edward M. Petrosky, 2009. Tags: WIAT-3, psychoeducation; evaluation; Queens, NY
  9. 9. Reading Decoding Determining what a word is (c) Dr. Edward M. Petrosky, 2009. Tags: WIAT-3, psychoeducation; evaluation; Queens, NY
  10. 10. Reading Decoding Skills <ul><li>Word Reading Subtest </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Student reads individual words </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Assesses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Overall decoding skills </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Natural decoding rate </li></ul></ul></ul>(c) Dr. Edward M. Petrosky, 2009. Tags: WIAT-3, psychoeducation; evaluation; Queens, NY
  11. 11. Reading Decoding Skills <ul><li>Pseudoword Decoding Subtest: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Student reads individual nonsense words </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Assesses phonics skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>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 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Natural decoding rate (of unfamiliar words) </li></ul></ul></ul>(c) Dr. Edward M. Petrosky, 2009. Tags: WIAT-3, psychoeducation; evaluation; Queens, NY
  12. 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. 13. Reading Fluency <ul><li>Oral Reading Fluency subtest </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Student reads two passages aloud and answers a question about each passage </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Assesses </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Speed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Accuracy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rhythm (Qualitatively) </li></ul></ul>(c) Dr. Edward M. Petrosky, 2009. Tags: WIAT-3, psychoeducation; evaluation; Queens, NY
  14. 14. Reading Comprehension Understanding what one reads (c) Dr. Edward M. Petrosky, 2009. Tags: WIAT-3, psychoeducation; evaluation; Queens, NY
  15. 15. Reading Comprehension <ul><li>Reading Comprehension subtest </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Student reads passages and then answers questions about them. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Passage remains visible while questions are being read. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Much shorter administration time than the same subtest on the WIAT-2! </li></ul></ul>(c) Dr. Edward M. Petrosky, 2009. Tags: WIAT-3, psychoeducation; evaluation; Queens, NY
  16. 16. Components of Writing (c) Dr. Edward M. Petrosky, 2009. Tags: WIAT-3, psychoeducation; evaluation; Queens, NY
  17. 17. Spelling <ul><li>Spelling subtest </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Student spells dictated words </li></ul></ul>(c) Dr. Edward M. Petrosky, 2009. Tags: WIAT-3, psychoeducation; evaluation; Queens, NY
  18. 18. Written Expression <ul><li>Alphabet Writing Fluency Subtest </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Student writes down letters of the alphabet as fast as he or she can. </li></ul></ul>(c) Dr. Edward M. Petrosky, 2009. Tags: WIAT-3, psychoeducation; evaluation; Queens, NY
  19. 19. Written Expression <ul><li>Sentence Composition subtest </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sentence Combining portion </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Student is to take two or more separate sentences and write one good sentence that means the same thing. </li></ul></ul></ul>(c) Dr. Edward M. Petrosky, 2009. Tags: WIAT-3, psychoeducation; evaluation; Queens, NY
  20. 20. Written Expression <ul><li>Sentence Composition subtest </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sentence Building portion </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Student is to write a sentence using a target word </li></ul></ul></ul>(c) Dr. Edward M. Petrosky, 2009. Tags: WIAT-3, psychoeducation; evaluation; Queens, NY
  21. 21. Written Expression <ul><li>Essay Composition subtest </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Student is to write an essay about his or her favorite game, including 3 reasons why </li></ul></ul>(c) Dr. Edward M. Petrosky, 2009. Tags: WIAT-3, psychoeducation; evaluation; Queens, NY
  22. 22. Components of Math (c) Dr. Edward M. Petrosky, 2009. Tags: WIAT-3, psychoeducation; evaluation; Queens, NY
  23. 23. Mathematical Calculation Conducting mathematical computations (c) Dr. Edward M. Petrosky, 2009. Tags: WIAT-3, psychoeducation; evaluation; Queens, NY
  24. 24. Mathematical Calculation <ul><li>Numerical Operations subtest </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Student solves math problems, ranging from addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division, to geometry and algebra. </li></ul></ul>(c) Dr. Edward M. Petrosky, 2009. Tags: WIAT-3, psychoeducation; evaluation; Queens, NY
  25. 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. 26. Mathematical Reasoning <ul><li>Math Problem Solving subtest </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Student solves math word problems, involving areas such as the basic operations, time, money, and interpreting graphs. </li></ul></ul>(c) Dr. Edward M. Petrosky, 2009. Tags: WIAT-3, psychoeducation; evaluation; Queens, NY
  27. 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. 28. Mathematical Fluency <ul><li>Math Fluency - Addition subtest </li></ul><ul><li>Math Fluency – Subtraction subtest </li></ul><ul><li>Math Fluency – Multiplication subtest </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Student solves as many simple problems as s/he can in each of the respective areas in 1 minute (per subtest). </li></ul></ul>(c) Dr. Edward M. Petrosky, 2009. Tags: WIAT-3, psychoeducation; evaluation; Queens, NY
  29. 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. 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. 31. Listening Comprehension <ul><li>Listening Comprehension subtest </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Receptive Vocabulary portion </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Student listens to single words and points to the picture that matches the word. </li></ul></ul></ul>(c) Dr. Edward M. Petrosky, 2009. Tags: WIAT-3, psychoeducation; evaluation; Queens, NY
  32. 32. Listening Comprehension <ul><li>Listening Comprehension subtest </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Oral Discourse portion </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Student listens to a CD of spoken sentences and answers questions about what s/he heard. Includes dialogue and advertisement like narratives. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Return to a portion that was on original WIAT-II </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>More closely matches real life listening comprehension tasks </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>CD recording increases reliability of findings </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Includes speech as naturally spoken (e.g. a child with imperfect articulation) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>(c) Dr. Edward M. Petrosky, 2009. Tags: WIAT-3, psychoeducation; evaluation; Queens, NY
  33. 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. 34. Oral Expression <ul><li>Oral Expression subtest </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Expressive Vocabulary portion </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Student looks at a picture, listens to a definition, and the states the word that matches the picture and definition. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>For the WIAT-2 this was on the Listening Comprehension subtest </li></ul></ul></ul>(c) Dr. Edward M. Petrosky, 2009. Tags: WIAT-3, psychoeducation; evaluation; Queens, NY
  35. 35. Oral Expression <ul><li>Oral Expression subtest </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Oral Word Fluency portion </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>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). </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Category selection an improvement from WIAT-2; on WIAT-2 one of the categories was frequently misunderstood by students. </li></ul></ul></ul>(c) Dr. Edward M. Petrosky, 2009. Tags: WIAT-3, psychoeducation; evaluation; Queens, NY
  36. 36. Oral Expression <ul><li>Oral Expression subtest </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sentence Repetition portion </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Student listens to the examiner state a sentence and has to repeat it back verbatim. </li></ul></ul></ul>(c) Dr. Edward M. Petrosky, 2009. Tags: WIAT-3, psychoeducation; evaluation; Queens, NY
  37. 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

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