Assessment always begins with clarification of the question/s that client/s have. It is a
Skilled enquiry by an appropriately qualified professional, i.e. an educational psychologist, who works in an objective, ethical and theoretically informed manner and
Should yield useful information about the individual’s processes of learning, social, emotional and cognitive development, and the effect of the individual’s living and
Educational contexts on all of these.
So many different questions can be the starting point for an assessment, such as:
“Why is my child slower to learn to read than other children?”
“What can parents do to support their children’s speech and language development?”
“My teenager is experiencing social difficulties. How can s/he be helped?”
“What sort of school would be best for my child?”
“My child may be gifted. How can s/he be helped to fulfil their potential?”
Sometimes adults may also have questions about their own learning and/or development.
Many different forms of assessment exist, including interviews, observation, published tests and standardised tests, including psychometric tests. It is the job of the educational psychologist to select and sensitively administer the most appropriate and fair tests and methods in order to achieve a relevant, comprehensive and accurate set of assessment findings. These then form the basis upon which an informed set of recommendations can be made.
Every individual and their unique situation must be assessed in a way that reflects the complexity of their individuality and particular context and will
Necessarily yield suggestions that can make a positive difference for the individual’s learning and development.
Teachers, parents, other professionals should be able to understand the assessment findings and implement recommendations