Related Topics of Assessments 

ASSESSMENTS: DIAGNOSTIC ASSESSMENTS

Screening Tests

Quick, easy to administer tests that are used to identify children who may be below the norm in certain areas. The purpose is to quickly assess the potential problem so more in-depth assessments can be administered.

Developmental Assessments

Norm-referenced scales that assess infants, toddlers, and pre-schoolers. Developmental assessments are used to find strengths and weaknesses in very young children who are thought to be experiencing developmental delays..

Intelligence Quotient (IQ) Tests

​Generally given to students who are being considered for special education, IQ tests help determine if the student's learning problems are connected with intellectual abilities or other difficulties such as learning disabilities or emotional disturbance.

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Academic Achievement Tests

​A student diagnosed with intellectual disabilities must show a deficit in adaptive behaviour, or basic living skills. Adaptive behaviour scales assess skills in daily living, community participation, social abilities, motor abilities, and communication.

Behavior Rating Scales

A parent or teacher fills out scales that rates particular behaviours of the student. Determines how intense or frequent a challenging behaviour is by comparing scores to other students.

Curriculum-Based Assessment

Determines the student's skill level in a specific curriculum at a particular point in time. This form of assessment can determine if the student is making progress towards his IEP goal.