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Final Growth Statement Psycho-educational Assessment Throughout the duration of this course the content relied heavily on assessment.

. Through videos, PowerPoints, and class discussion I gained an abundant amount of knowledge regarding assessment. While taking this course I learned the role of legislation in regards to the assessment of all students, the impact both the special education and general education reforms had on assessment, the biases of assessment, the different forms of assessment, and how to administer, analyze and interpret a particular assessment. In the beginning of this course, the first lecture defined assessment as a global term for observing, gathering, recording, and interpreting information to answer questions and make legal and instructional decisions about students. We began studying legislations and their effects on students, for example we studied IDEA, NCLB, various acts and court cases that influenced the rights of students and their families. In this course it was the first time, I thoroughly studied an Individualized Education Plan, the parts of an IEP, an IEP team, and the process of acquiring an IEP. I feel this was extremely beneficial to learn since I will be a future special education teacher required to attend IEP meetings and write IEPS. While studying IEPs we also discussed the rights of the child as well as their parent while studying the role a teacher plays within the IEP process. It was during this course I was first exposed to terms such as, the least restrictive environment, FAPE, and Committee on Special Education. I now realize the purpose of an IEP is to ensure access to the general education curriculum. During lecture we also studied Response to Intervention, the process of the three tiers and its relationship to evaluating a child for an IEP. This class also frequently highlighted that special education is a service. After studying the legislation and reforms in both general education and special education in regards to assessment the course focused on the formal and informal forms of assessment. Formal assessments can be either norm-referenced, when an individual is compared to a group or

criterion referenced, when the individual is compared to him/herself. Criterion Referenced assessments asses particularly what a student knows rather than how much. After learning about both types of formal assessment, I learned various examples of each and the various scales of measurement used to score each assessment. Using these forms of formal assessment the different types of scores, and statistical terms which were introduced and later served when I completed and scored my own assessment of a child. Aside from the two different types of formal assessment we learned about, we also learned about the various informal assessments. I realized after this lecture on informal assessment how frequently I use observations, checklists, interviews and questionnaires with my students to assess them during lessons and classroom activities. When studying the different forms of informal assessment I also realized the various biases a teacher may have without directly meaning to. As a result I realize the importance of being careful when informally assessing my students. During the course of this class I also administered the WIAT to a child in my class. While administering the WIAT I both informally and formally assessed the child. I gave him the norm-referenced assessment but also observed his behaviors while administering the test. Prior to testing I got to know the child by completing surveys and questionnaires. Using the WIAT I was able to score my students results and then analyze and interpret the childs results. I feel that doing this assignment allowed be to first handedly witness the strengths and weaknesses of the child. I know now what skills require more work and what skills the child can adequately perform. I have a greater understanding of my childs abilities as well as his strengths and weaknesses. Using his results I can create and implement lessons geared to meet the needs of this child. Through this course I feel that I have gained a greater understanding of assessment. I

realize the different forms of assessment and the information they can provide a teacher. As a teacher it is my responsibility to assess children constantly as I monitor their growth and progress. On my journey to become a special education teacher I feel that learning about the legislations and reforms have better helped me to understand my rights and role as a teacher while also understanding the rights of my students and their families. I feel assessment is extremely important and informative when learning about a student. Through the various forms of assessment a teacher can gain knowledge regarding a childs behavior, strengths and weaknesses. As a result using the data they collect from assessments the teacher can create and instruct lesson plans designed specifically to meet each childs individual needs.