It’s spring and teachers have their eye on June. How much more curriculum do they have to cover? Do they have enough information for the Report Card? What recommendations will they make for each student regarding a class placement for next year? Spring is the time to begin thinking about next year.
What do parents need to know at this point in the year?
Parents need to have accurate, up-to-date information in order to help them make informed decisions about next year as well. Take a minute and think about the following questions as you reflect on the present school year and your child:
- Do I feel my child has worked to the best of his/her ability?
- Am I aware of any areas of weakness? Does my child receive good marks in all subject areas?
- Does my child feel good about school? Are they proud of their achievement?
- Do my child’s marks reflect the effort he/she puts forth?
If you cannot answer, “Yes” to all of these questions, then it is time to think about an Educational Assessment.
An Educational Assessment is an assessment that uses standardized tools.
This means that it is consistent in the questions that are asked and the manner in which it is administered and scored. The same questions are given to everyone. It requires specific training in order to administer it and it is given in a one-on-one setting, according to certain rules and specifications, so that the testing conditions are the same for all. Because it is standardized, it is scored according to specific criteria. The results are more reliable and valid than the non-standardized assessments given by classroom teachers.
Why should my child have an Educational Assessment?
There are several reasons for this. Firstly, it provides a very precise picture of your child’s academic strengths and weaknesses. For example, it doesn’t just inform that your child may be weak in Reading, but breaks it down into specific components. Is your child having difficulty because of a weakness in decoding? comprehension? fluency? If math is an area of weakness, is it due to a weakness in calculations? reasoning?
Secondly, an Educational Assessment is invaluable in informing classroom instruction. Wouldn’t it be nice to meet with the teacher in September with a list of areas where your child demonstrates strength as well as areas that need improvement? Teachers appreciate this information and because they have indisputable information, they can plan accordingly.
Lastly, an Educational Assessment can be used for making informed decisions. Will my child benefit from accommodations in certain subjects? Would a different type of class or even a different school environment be preferable?
The results of the assessment are interpreted to identify next steps.
An Educational Assessment provides parents with a clear and comprehensive picture of their child’s’ academic skills, areas of strength and weakness. It is information all parents could use in order to determine realistic goals and ensure that the present learning environment is the right fit for their child.
Think about ending this school year by preparing for next. We know that students who start the year getting what they need, will demonstrate success and achievement in classroom. We can help you gather information now to ensure that in June of next year you can answer, “Yes” to all the questions.
Until our next lesson…