What is it?
An academic assessment, also known as an educational assessment, is a standardised assessment used to evaluate an individual's academic ability in areas of listening, reading, writing, and mathematics.
How is it helpful?
An academic assessment has the potential to answer a range of referral questions including but not limited to:
What are my child's academic strengths and weaknesses?
How do my child's academic abilities compare with other children in their year grade?
Does my child have a listening comprehension weakness and if so, what supports are available?
Does my child have a word decoding weakness and if so, what supports are available?
What is involved?
An Academic Assessment typically involves three stages:
The first step involves meeting with a clinician to discuss the reason for referral and what you would like to get out of testing. Your clinician will also gather a comprehensive history. The initial assessment is imperative in ensuring that the appropriate tests are administered, the findings are interpreted appropriately, and the recommendations are individually-tailored.
Duration: 1 - 1.5 hours
Your child is then administered the Wechsler Individual Achievement Test – Second Edition (WIAT-III), which is appropriate for children aged 4 to 19 years and 11 months.
Duration: 1.5 - 2 hours