An educational assessment involves both a cognitive assessment and an academic (achievement) assessment. Academic assessment investigates strengths and weaknesses in academic areas such as reading, writing, spelling, mathematics, and oral language.
Unless another assessment is indicated, the Wechsler Individual Achievement Test (WIAT) is usually conducted. The WIAT is for children 4 years and older. It can be helpful to:
- Identify the academic strengths and weaknesses of a student
- Contribute to decisions about educational placement
- Inform diagnosis of a specific learning disability, such as dyslexia or dyscalculia
- Design interventions and individual learning plans
An educational assessment usually includes:
- Parent interview to gather the necessary background information about your child and their development. Some additional questionnaires might be emailed for you to complete outside of the session.
- Optional – discussion with your child’s school teacher
- The assessment/s (2-3 sessions)
- Parent feedback session, including a detailed assessment report with tailored recommendations for your child