July 21, 2011
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Testing over the summer? 


Everyone knows summer is for lazy days, neighborhood BBQs, and sticky faces from melted ice cream.  But academic testing?  Absolutely!!


Now is the perfect time to determine which assessments and tests are appropriate for your child, and to gather and evaluate results in preparation for next school year.  Many families like scheduling testing during this time of less academic pressure, and because they don't have to squeeze tests in between baseball games and ballet classes on the calendar.  


Information from standardized assessments can be used to monitor progress and revise the current individualized education program, determine whether academic standards for last school year grade expectations were met, and provide a benchmark for the current level of performance to assist with monitoring progress during next school year.  


The Assessment Division of ABCs for Life Success offers a wide variety of standardized academic tests (see list below for examples), curriculum-based assessments, independent educational evaluations, and functional behavioral assessments.  Our consultants utilize test results and analyses, along with other pertinent information and observations, to determine progress over time, make detailed recommendations for needed interventions, accommodations, and services, and guide instructional planning.  We monitor legal issues, help parents understand their rights, and assist in exploring funding options for independent educational evaluations when appropriate.   

Contact us today to discuss how we can provide individualized assessments for your child.   


For more information on our testing services, please visit our website, or see the Special Needs Advocacy Resource Book (particularly chapter 6) and School Success for Kids with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders (chapters 6 and 7) .



Standardized Tests and Assessments by area (this is a sampling; not a complete list)


Academic Achievement: Wechsler Individual Achievement Test- third edition (WIAT III), Woodcock-Johnson III- Tests of Academic Achievement- Normative Update (WJ-III)

Reading: Comprehensive Test of Phonological Processing (CTOPP), Gray Oral Reading Tests 4 (Gort-4), Gray Silent Reading Tests (GSRT), Informal Reading Inventory  


Adaptive Behavior: Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales, Second Edition (Vineland-II) 


Writing: Test of Written Language 4 (TOWL-4), Oral and Written Language Scales (OWLS) 


Ask your child's camp counselors for feedback


Did your son or daughter thrive in summer camp?  Discover a new interest, or overcome a challenging situation? 

Be sure to ask for feedback in writing from your child's camp counselor or director to add to his or her records.  Individualized feedback about social interactions, progress in reading or verbal skills, or other relevant developments can provide useful insights to the multidisciplinary team working with your child.   Contact your consultant for help in framing the questions to ask the counselors so that you receive the most useful information. 

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The ABC for Life Success Team


Michelle Davis, M. Ed

Eric Levine, Ed. D.

Amy Mounce, MA, M. Ed.

Revanette Gilmore, M. Ed.

Paul Livelli, Ph. D.

Gretchen Holtzinger Levine

Nina Hagan, MAT

Kelly Diamond


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