How do you know if your child is gifted, or has unidentified learning differences?
Many families seek assessments (qualitative or quantitative) in order to understand how their child's brain works. The full scale score can be handy, but the subtest scores - when tests are administered by qualified and experienced testers - can be eye-opening. Testing is not necessary for every child, but when behavioral issues indicate unknown obstacles (no, they're not just being a pain!), an assessment can be a good way to determine if a child is so skilled at compensating that the surrounding adults are unaware of the effort being put forth in this regard.
If you're interested in Standardized Educational Testing see our collection of perspectives on the topic of standardized testing.
Quantitative Psychoeducational Assessments
- To Test or Not to Test By Linda Kreger Silverman, PhD
- Understanding Testing: Using Test Results to Support Clinical Judgement By Linda Kreger Silverman, PhD
- "Why Is Assessment Important If We Plan On Homeschooling?" By Alexandra "Allie" Golon
- A Guide To Understanding Neuropsychological Test Results, by Megan Pearson
- A History of IQ testing
- An Overview of Issues in Assessing Gifted Children, by Linda Silverman -- this article addresses such questions as which test should be used, which version and what kind. Includes quantitative and qualitative assessment
- Definition of Terms Relating to Testing
- A little background on testing and test development: Educational Psychologist Kevin McGrew: An IQ Test Maker Who Goes Beyond IQ
- Intelligent Testing by Dr. Scott Barry Kauffman discusses the evolving landscape of IQ testing.
- Psychoeducational Testing Made a Big Difference in Our Homeschool
- Standardized Testing Reveals Strength At One Skill, Not Overall Intelligence, by Samantha Olson
- Some useful articles by Carolyn K: Testing and Assessment: What do the tests tell us?, Why do my child's test scores vary from test to test?, and An Inventory of Tests
- Tips for Parents: IQ Testing and How to Use It, from Davidson Institute for Talent Development
- Understanding Tests and Measurements for the Parent and Advocate, by Peter Wright and Pamela Darr Wright for LD Online
- Understanding the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children, Fifth Edition (WISC-V)
- Why Should I Have My Child Tested?
Qualitative Psychoeducational Assessments
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