Students with a learning disability are required to submit a comprehensive psychological and educational evaluation. A qualified professional must conduct the evaluation.
This documentation should include current measures of:
- Aptitude (e.g., WAIS-R)
- Achievement (e.g., current levels of functioning in reading, mathematics, and written language)
- Information processing
Documentation should include:
- Diagnostic Interview
- Aptitude/Cognitive Ability- A complete intellectual assessment with all sub-test and standard scores reported is essential. Such as:
- Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale- III (WAIS-III)
- The Slosson Intelligence Test- Revised Kaufman Brief Intelligence Test
- Academic Achievement- A comprehensive academic achievement battery is essential, with all sub-tests and standard scores reported for those sub-test administered. The battery must include current levels of academic functioning in relevant areas such as reading, mathematics, and oral and written language. Such as:
- Woodcock-Johnson-III- Tests of Achievement
- Wechsler Individual Achievement Test (WAIT)
- And if applicable, additional supplemental tests such as:
- Nelson-Denny Reading Test
Stanford Diagnostic Mathematics Test
Woodcock Reading Mastery Tests- Revise
Specific achievement tests are useful instruments when administered under standardized conditions and when the results are interpreted within the context of other diagnostic information.
The Wide Range Achievement Test-3 (WRAT-3) is not a comprehensive measure of achievement and therefore should not be used as the sole measure of achievement.
Information Processing- Specific areas of information processing (e.g. short and long term memory; sequential memory; auditory and visual perception / processing; processing speed; executive functioning; motor ability) should be addressed.
Acceptable instruments include, but are not limited to:
- Information from sub-tests on WAIS-R or Woodcock-Johnson-III Tests of Cognitive Ability
- Documentation Must Include a Specific Diagnosis
- Actual Test Scores from Standardized Instruments Must be Provided
- Each Accommodation Recommended by the Evaluator Must Include a Rationale
- An Interpretive Summary Must be Provided