WILL THIS PROCESS “LABEL” MY STUDENT?
The end result of testing is not a “label.” It is a process that will help to explain to your student – as well as to you and classroom teachers – how your student learns best. With detailed explanations based on the test results, you and your student can understand the struggles he or she has faced in the classroom and be able to use strategies and skills that are effective and meaningful.
Do you contact the teachers or the school with the results?
I meet with parents first to explain the results of the testing, and that my report should be sent to school. If parents ask me to accompany them to school to explain the report to the teachers, I will do so.
How can I explain the need for testing to my child?
Tell them this testing will help them understand the reasons for their difficulty in school. It will give them ways to learn so that they will not feel they are always behind. After testing, many students say that once they understand their learning difficulties, they began to enjoy school.
Can parents sit in on the testing?
No, because students might feel uncomfortable with a parent listening to their answers. This is a time for your student to explore with me how he or she is thinking about an answer and how they problem solve.
HOW ARE THE RESULTS USED BY SCHOOLS, TUTORS OR REMEDIATION SPECIALISTS WORKING WITH MY STUDENT?
Testing results are accompanied by specific recommendations and accommodations based on the scores. Some of these accommodations are extended time, provisions for oral testing, note-takers, books on audio-tape, personal laptop or iPads in the classroom, as well as other accommodations that fit your student’s personal needs.
Are students excused from school?
Most elementary schools excuse students on the mornings they are assessed. High school students who have a free period or an extracurricular class at the end of their school day may be excused from those classes.