If you already know your child struggles with school, will standardized testing tell you anything new? Today on Home School Heartbeat, host Mike Farris and his guest HSLDA Special Needs Coordinator Faith Berens examine the issue of standardized testing for struggling learners.
HSLDA Special Needs Coordinator Faith Berens is with me. Faith, I want to tackle what may be an intimidating topic for parents with struggling learners: that is the formal standardized test. Are these helpful for students who struggle with learning?
Well, I think they can be helpful for parents to administer, even for struggling learners. If you give those same tests from year to year, it can help you document progress. It can also help you with determining more of your child’s needs.
There would be some cases I would assume where the child’s disability would simply not allow that kind of testing to be pertinent at all. Is that right, or am I thinking wrong about that?
That’s correct, and in cases like that, we really encourage parents to use alternative forms of assessment and documenting progress, particularly using a portfolio.
So the goal is to see if the instrument, if the test itself, is appropriate for assessing how your child is doing? And if it doesn’t measure the kinds of things that your child knows how to do, it’s probably not the right thing for you to be pursuing?
Mike: Faith, thanks so much for what you are doing for families with special needs kids. I’m Mike Farris.