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Assessment in Spec Ed


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A slideshow for explaining academic testing to new teachers.

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Assessment in Spec Ed

  1. 1. Academic assessments Figuring Out What’s In the Box
  2. 2. There are many parts to the whole student and sometimes we need help ‘solving’ the puzzles
  3. 3. prior knowledge• What are academic tests?• What is their purpose?
  4. 4. prior knowledge• Did you have any new learning?
  5. 5. What is this?Classroom vs. specialized academic assessments(SERT and/or psychologist/psychometrist)We need to look at the what, the why, and how
  6. 6. Tiering your approachThere are three levels to teaching and assessing:1. Classroom: understand your learners, socially, academically, emotionally, and their learning skills this guides your instruction and assessment2. SERT3. Psychologist/psychometrist
  7. 7. Getting to know your learners• You should know your students’: interests strengths, needs and abilities in reading; writing; oral and other types of communication; math (computational, organizational, number facts, spatial, geometric, etc.); executive functioning; memory; attention; concentration; behaviour; physical abilities (vision, hearing, listening, motor skills, etc.), and others learning styles/multiple intelligences
  8. 8. examples of classroom assessmentsReading: DRA, PM BenchmarkWriting: EQAO, OWA (Ontario Writing Assessment)Math: EQAO, various diagnostics, InitialMathematics Assessment Tool for English LanguageLearners, Grades K – 8All of the above: Ontario Curriculum Exemplars
  9. 9. non-academic options, onlineMultiple Intelligences surveys: One, Two, ThreeInterest Surveys: One, Two, Three
  10. 10. Why do these tests?•?
  11. 11. Why do these tests?•?
  12. 12. When are classroom tests insufficient?•?
  13. 13. why academic testing?standardized measuretakes out classroom variableslooks at specific skills and abilities, so you can compare abilityand achievementenables you to choose specific strategies that target theappropriate areas, and use the student’s strengths to improveachievementdoes NOT provide a ‘label’ for the studentpaves the way for further testing
  14. 14. PPVTPeabody Picture Vocabulary Test, version 4 (2006)It is an untimed test of verbal vocabularyGood for a quick estimate of a student’s verbal abilityor aptitude: can be done in 20-30 minutes, or lessGreat for students with reading or writingdeficiencies: easier and more accurate, because it’sbased on pictures
  15. 15. WiaT-II or -IIIWeschler Individual Achievement TestReading, Writing, Oral Language, and MathTwelve subsections: Word reading, Readingcomprehension, Pseudowords; Alphabet writingfluency, Spelling, Sentence composition, Essaycomposition; Listening comprehension, Oral readingfluency; Math problem solving, numerical operations,math fluency
  16. 16. When you need to know moreTalk to your SERT! Growth Plans In-School Team Academic (and other) testing IEP IPRC process
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