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Final Growth

Reflecting on what I know now, that I did not know before Psychoeducational Assessment for the at risk and disable; Although I had heard the term
“NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND”, I feel like I was able to understand it more, and it
basically says we need data to drive instruction and hold states and schools more
accountable for student progress. Because of the NCLB the education system has
implemented stricter routines in their annual testing, academic progress, report
cards, and teacher qualifications. The NCLB is trying to provide every child with a
great education.
Part of being an educator is assessing. Assessment the global term for
Observing, Interviewing and Conferences. There are several steps to observing;
identifying, defining, and deciding. Identifying the assessment, defining the place
or behavior to be observed and deciding witch method of recording or assessment
to use. As a teacher being able to take notes on students is crucial to be able to
help in the process of providing our students response to intervention. I learned
the acronyms RTI, CSE, and IEP. RTI(Response To Intervention) is to help students
reach academic goals. Before a student reaches CSE Tier I, II and III needs to
happen. CSE (Committee of Special Education) where the student will be refer to
if RTI does not work. Lastly an IEP (Individual Education Plan) to provide
additional support, in different ways such as, OT, PT, SP, push in, pull out services

if needed and qualified after evaluation. There are also different types of
assessments, standardized (normed) and reference test and criterion reference
test. The WIATT -III assessment report. I enjoyed the part where I evaluated a 2nd
grade student with the WIATT, it was really interested to observe how the student
felt taking the evaluation and how the student performed in the report. She was a
bright 2nd grader and seemed to performed average in majority of the subcontent. I would love to do it again with a student that has an IEP to compare and
contrast. There are factors that can effect test performance like, hunger, thirst,
location, lighting, time, the environment, anxiety, personal issues, exhaustion
and keeping all these things in mind every student is different. However, through
these test, we can help our students in the classroom by identifying where they
lack and what we can do to help achieve educational goals.
It was also interested to learn about Due Process, Parents and students
right. Parents need to receive written notification of any changes in evaluation,
identification or placements, the rights to review records, parents may also obtain
private evaluation at no cost paid for by a public school, they may also have
rights to an impartial hearing. No educational agency may release student
information without parents/guardians written consent forms. This course was
very insightful in many different ways. Reflecting on this course I can say that I
have learned a lot of what I hope to practice in the future as an educator.