My daughter is 13 years old and was diagnosed with ADHD when she was 6 years old. Although she was tested then and had a Superior level IQ and consistently received great scores on many Std tests (i.e. at age 10 took Woodcock Johnson ACH - scores ranging from 86 - 95% except Academic Applications Cluster of 55% and Broad Math Cluster of 71%)she not only struggled with phonics and writing but in all areas of school. She had a lot of help (private tutor etc.) over the years and has made some great progress.
Last year my daughter took the Woodcock Johnson Cognitive Test. My daughter received the following scores (see below). Note: how L-T Retrieval is severely deviate from the other scores. I have noticed that my daughter is doing better this past year with her daily work (including quizzes) but she consistently struggles with cumulative tests, mid terms and finals...going from As and Bs in class to Ds and Fs. I have no doubt that her L-T Retrieval capability is the culprit.
How can I make the school much more accountable for working specifically on strategies and skills to build my daughter's L-T Retrieval skills. Also are there better tests to isolate where the real problem is (storing of info vs. retrieving)? And lastly, what are some goals I should include on her IEP to make them more accountable for building her skills in this area?
Short Term Memory - 55%
Working Memory 82%
Broad Attention 77%
General Intellectual Ability - 77%
Verbal Ability 55%
Thinking Ability - 64%
Cog Efficiency (Ext) 90%
L-T Retrieval *********12%************
Auditory Processing - 76%
Processing Speed 98%
On the WJ-III, Long-term Retrieval is a visual memory task. If this is truly her area of deficit (or just a poor performance on that particular day), you might want to see if she is able to orally take her exams. How does she study for tests? If she's just reading over study sheets, I'm guessing that's not going to be the best way for her to study.
[Modified by: Patrick on October 03, 2007 03:46 PM]
Oh, by the way, The Test Of Memory And Learning (TOMAL) is probably one of the most comprehensive memory tests that I've seen. I don't think there is a test on the market that can answer your question, but the TOMAL is a good one to administer if you have concerns about memory.