The Understanding Psychoeducational Evaluation series is a powerful resource to empower educators and parents with knowledge about the evaluation process and scores produced through evaluation. Despite widespread use of standardized evaluation tools to identify students who are in need of special education services, many educators and parents have a limited understanding of these tools and the results they produce. Empower educators and set parents at ease with these understandable, jargon-free handouts.
The Understanding Psychoeducational Evaluation series is designed to close gaps that exist between parents, educators, and evaluators. The series describes what to expect through each step of the evaluation process (both private and public), identifies the types of evaluations used, and provides an explanation of the score-types produced by evaluation tools. The series also provides guidance on how parents and educators can work together through the process.
This download is for the full Understanding Psychoeducational Evaluation Series which includes eight handouts:
The Basics: Includes a definition of psychoeducational evaluation and when an evaluation might be conducted. Also includes a description of the types of tests used (IQ, rating scales, educational/achievement, qualitative measures, etc.) and basic information about public versus private evaluations.
Public or Private: Outlines the evaluation process when conducted in the school setting and when conducted by a private evaluator, including cost, initiation, consent, examiner qualifications, timeline, and what to expect after the evaluation is completed.
Percentile Rank: Includes a definition and explanation of percentile ranks and why they’re a relevant score type.
Standard Scores: Includes a definition and explanation of standard scores and their relationship to percentiles.
Descriptors: Includes a definition and explanation of descriptors and their relationship to standard scores and percentiles.
Relative Proficiency Index: Includes a definition and explanation of Relative Proficiency Index (RPI) scores and why they are a relevant score type. Also included is an explanation of why RPIs may or may not be reported.
Age and Grade Equivalents: Includes a definition and explanation of age and grade equivalent scores and the uses and limitations of these scores.
The Evaluation Report: Includes an explanation of what to expect in an evaluation report and at the close of the evaluation process. This handout also outlines what parents can do after their child’s evaluation is completed to partner with the school to collaboratively address the child’s needs.