Saturday, December 9, 2017
On Saturday, Dec. 9, Acera will hold its first Assessment Day. This is an opportunity for parents to find out more about their child’s learning style, and gain knowledge to advocate for their child more effectively. It also provides parents interested in applying for our school with an option to get the required assessment, without having to search for experts and schedule appointments.
On Assessment Day, we will be hosting a team of professional neuropsychologists who will be conducting WISC and WPPSI evaluations. Join us, and chat with our admissions director and other parents while your child solves some puzzles and plays games. Below are details about the tests and how they are conducted, pricing, and why we value these evaluations. Interested parents can sign up for a slot with a neuropsychologist by e-mailing email@example.com
Registrations will also take place at our Open House on December 2nd
What is a psycho-educational assessment?
Psycho-educational assessments, also called IQ tests, are much more than a test to determine a child’s overall IQ score. (In fact, in many cases an overall score is not given as it may not be representative of a child’s cognitive abilities, since few children perform equally in all test areas.) These assessments, or evaluations, provide essential insights into each child’s unique profile and learning needs. They allow us to better understand a student’s individual strengths and challenges as related to their intellectual, academic, behavioral and social- emotional functioning.
Why get an assessment?
Discover learning styles. Some children are predominantly visual-spatial, others audio-sequential learners — and some a combination of both. Some have a low, some a high working memory, some a slow and some a fast processing speed. Knowing more about how a child perceives and processes information is a tremendous asset when it comes to supporting her or him to succeed in school and life.
Identify challenges. Some students don’t know how to get started on their homework. Some start many projects but struggle to finish them. Some balk at spelling. Others at long division. Some understand a lot more than they can put into words… Indeed, it’s a myth that some students are universally gifted learners while others are not — depending on how content is presented, almost everyone struggles with one aspect of academic work or another (and most schools only serve one type of learner!) Evaluations can help parents and teachers identify where specific vulnerabilities in a student’s learning profile are; and how to address them early.
Notice girls hiding in plain sight. Too often, bright girls do well in school but have lost their excitement about learning. They are talented but have learned how to hide it. They are learning to follow and blend in, not how to create and lead. For these girls (and some boys as well!), evaluations can provide insights into their true potential and gifts, and how they could thrive in a learning environment that better fit their profile.
Build a team for each student. Psycho-educational assessments allow parents to advocate for their children in new ways, and they assist educators in pursuing a deeper understanding of each student. They provide important information, and a common language, as parents and educators collaborate to ensure the academic and social success of every child.
What types of tests are used in these assessments?
The Wechsler intelligence tests, which include the WISC, the WAIS, and the WPPSI, are the most widely used intelligence and neuropsychological assessments. Human intelligence is a complex ability involving a variety of abilities and skills, and the assessments are intended to capture this intellectual diversity. The testing is divided into two major categories, verbal and performance, which is further broken down into subtests to include questions of general knowledge, arithmetic, vocabulary, puzzles, mazes, and pictures.
How does the testing work?
You will sign up in advance for a slot on Assessment Day. The testing takes between 60 and 90 minutes to complete. A trained administrator will sit down with your child individually. Parents can chat with our admissions director and other parents while their child is being evaluated.
How do I talk to my child about the test?
Many children enjoy the testing session and find it very interesting. Your child will be playing games, solving puzzles, and answering questions. If your child is a perfectionist and/or highly intelligent, he or she may be accustomed to knowing answers, so it can be stressful to suddenly “not know” the answer. The evaluator also won’t give an indicator if the child is “right,” which can be tough if your child tends to seek out validation from authority. You may want to explain that the main goal of the test is not to prove how much they know, but to learn how their brains perceive and prefer to process information.
How much does the assessment cost?
Two assessment packages will be available for parents to choose from:
1.) The assessment, a score sheet and 15 minutes of verbal feedback after the evaluation: $400.
2.) The assessment, 15 minutes of verbal feedback and a full written WISC evaluation report to be sent by the evaluator within 2 weeks of assessment: $550.
**For Acera admissions purposes, we would accept either.
**All payments should be made by check directly to the evaluator at the time of the testing.
**Please note that if you choose the $400 option, the evaluators can not accept requests to “upgrade” to the full report option after the testing is done.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to reserve a spot.