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Independent Educational Evaluation (IEE)
An Independent Educational Evaluation (IEE) is typically initiated by a parent and/or a school district when additional information or a second opinion is needed for a child's education, placement, or services. The evaluation is conducted by a qualified professional who does not work for the student’s school district to provide an objective review of data to ensure a free appropriate public education (FAPE).
A Psychoeducational Evaluation is a compilation of assessments that measures the strengths and needs of a student’s abilities and learning styles. Depending on the referral question, the evaluation may also focus on a student’s attention and social-emotional functioning. A comprehensive overview of the “whole student” can assist with determining the age appropriate interventions, accommodations and/or school or classroom placement.
Private School Admission
We provide cognitive testing for private school admission. Typically, private schools in our region require a specific cognitive assessment such as the Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence, Fourth Edition (WPPSI-IV) or Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children, Fifth Edition (WISC-V).
Individuals with disabilities often are in need of accommodations for standardized assessments. Test accommodations level the playing field for those with disabilities by minimizing or eliminating an individual’s impairment on test performance. Some standardized assessments which may allow for accommodations include the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), Classic Learning Test (CLT), American College Test (ACT), Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) and the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). Please keep in mind, it is important to recognize that a diagnosis alone does not qualify an individual for accommodations.
In instances when a specific area of concern is suspected and/or needs to be further evaluated, a diagnostic evaluation may be helpful in determining an individual’s needs. For example, an adaptive assessment may be required in order for an individual to access vocational services and other benefits through The Office of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (OIDD).
Consultative services may consist of reviewing documents such as Psychoeducational Evaluations and Individualized Education Programs (IEP) to give feedback to ensure your child receives a free appropriate public education (FAPE). Moreover, consultation can include advising parents, school teams, and others on programming and accommodation recommendations.
We provide testing for children to determine intellectual gifted identification and programming. While cognitive testing is typically conducted, it is paramount that other considerations such as specialized skills, interests and aptitudes are incorporated into determining if a child meets eligibility requirements. An evaluation will consider intervening factors (such as English as a second language, learning disability, physical impairment, sacrificing speed for accuracy, emotional disability, gender, race bias or socio/cultural deprivation) that may mask gifted ability.