Psychoeducational assessment may be used to identify a variety of conditions such as specific learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities, intellectual advancements, dyslexia, and more.
The results of the psychoeducational assessment may be used for admission to certain private schools, documentation of a disability condition for accessing accommodations in public or private schools, or for colleges and universities under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, educational or vocational planning, admission to gifted and talented programs, etc.
Psychoeducational assessment utilizes cognitive and academic achievement testing to provide an estimate of a person’s intellectual or cognitive abilities and educational achievement levels in reading, writing, mathematics and language. Additional testing, such as psychological evaluation, may be added to a psychoeducational assessment if needed.
Cognitive ability (IQ or intelligence) testing measures a variety of ability areas, such as thinking ability, verbal ability, memory and processing speed. Data from intelligence or cognitive ability testing can be used for admission to certain schools. This information, combined with school history, medical, developmental and academic achievement test results can be used to document a disability condition for public or private schools, for colleges and universities and for vocational planning.
Academic achievement testing measures developed skill or knowledge in reading, writing and mathematics. Test scores determine what level of instruction for which a student is prepared. High achievement scores usually indicate a mastery of grade-level material, and the readiness for advanced instruction. Low achievement scores can indicate the need for remediation or presence of learning problems.