These assessments were developed with the intention of acquiring relevant data in reading, writing, and math from each student in order to write detailed present levels of performance, that not only include the needs related to the student’s disability, but also the strengths. Once that information is collected, the IEP team can use it to develop goals that are appropriate to each student.
These assessments are suitable for students in grades K-5; however, they can be used to assess older students needing significant and intensive interventions with foundational skills. While these assessments do not incorporate all of the standards in the Common Core, they are most definitely aligned to the Common Core. You will notice that the areas of assessment (phonological awareness skills, phonics, word recognition, number sense, and operations) are the foundational skills in which our students with IEPs struggle the most. Deficiencies in these areas impede our students from accessing and making progress in the general education curriculum at grade level.