Evaluation / LD Testing
How is a learning disability identified? What do the test scores mean? For individuals with learning disabilities, assessment becomes a major part of their academic experience. Articles within this section cover issues such as state assessments and standards of learning, high-stakes testing such as graduation tests, and important information for parents regarding evaluations for special education.
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More schools are using a process called Response to Intervention (RTI) to see if a child might have a learning disability. Response to Intervention provides specially designed instruction for children who have scored low on general tests. The students are tested sometimes as often as every week to measure progress. Those who improve after the instructional intervention go back to their normal classroom activities. Those who do not improve receive additional testing to confirm the presence of a disability.
About half of people with learning disabilities also have other related disorders. Learn about ADHD, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, depression, and other difficulties. This article, written by Larry B. Silver, a psychiatrist, tells parents about other related disorders, how they can impact your child, and how you can get a diagnosis.
Information on assessment and who can diagnose LD or AD/HD in adults.
Sometimes a child's differences can be something you can easily see, but for other children, those differences may be hidden.
This PACER Center fact sheet informs parents about evaluation, a process to help determine whether a child has a disability and what the child's educational needs might be. The article discusses the reasons why parents might choose to evaluate their child, types of tests available, factors that should be considered when selecting tests, and questions parents should ask when an evaluation is proposed.
Having seen her older son struggle for years, Jennifer Simpson was able to recognize her daughter’s reading challenges in preschool and get her help right away.
Children who struggle with reading often need extra help. This help usually comes from the school, but some parents choose to look outside the school for professionals who can assess, diagnose, tutor, or provide other education services. The following article provides information on how to find the right person for your child.
The symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder can look like ADHD. This article encourages a comprehensive assessment of children who act inattentive and hyperactive in school.
A valuable resource educators of children with ADHD. The U.S. Dept. of Education shares and easy-to-read outline of tips and legal considerations. Causes, legal requirements for evaluations, treatment options, and hints for effective educational performance are included.
The National Joint Committee on Learning Disabilities developed an overview on screening, diagnosing and serving children age four or younger. The document was developed for researchers, administrators, and people who need an academic overview.