Educational Testing

Ann Martin Center offers educational diagnostic testing to evaluate a student’s level of academic achievement, learning style and potential.  This assessment can be an important step toward helping clients achieve their academic or career goals.

Educational evaluations are comprised of standardized tests and interviews.  We analyze test scores to better understand the student’s areas of learning strengths and weaknesses. The evaluation includes specific recommendations that address the student’s needs in and out of school.

The goal is to improve the individual’s instructional program, and increase the student understanding and appreciation of their unique learning abilities.

All assessment services at Ann Martin Center begin with an intake process that includes completing a form covering the developmental and educational history of the client, reasons for services, and concerns. Documents from the educational setting and other professional services will also be incorporated, and testing sessions are then held. A written report putting all this information together is then written with a focus on understanding learning strengths and weaknesses as well as the best learning strategies. The process ends with a meeting explaining the results and recommendations.

Types of Educational Testing

Psychoeducational Assessment

A psychoeducational assessment focuses on the learning process. This assessment determines strengths and weaknesses of cognitive processing - reasoning, memory, visual/auditory processing, fluency) along with the strengths and weaknesses in basic academic skills, fluency, and problem solving. Documenting developmental and education history is included with the testing process to complete a full picture of the learning process. Completed by educational therapist or psychologist.

Psychoeducational Assessment with Emotional/Behavioral Component

This includes the elements of the Psychoeducational Assessment and adds assessment processes for different behavioral/emotional areas including ADHD, executive function, high functioning autism and mood disorders. This process includes interviews, further testing, and questionnaires completed by other family members and school personnel. Completed by a licensed clinical psychologist.

Pre-Reading Assessment

Readiness for first grade is often a major concern facing parents and educators. This assessment is designed to look at phonological processing (knowing and manipulating the sounds in words); visual and auditory processing including memory and discrimination; receptive and expressive oral language; and academic skills.

Educational Testing Consultation

Consultation and review can be very useful in determining the best next step to address educational problems. Consultations could be warranted for several reasons – a complexity of learning challenges (attention, speech, social interactions, academic); questions about response and services provided by the school; needing to accurately know the areas of academic strengths and weaknesses; or the implementation of support services is not producing the desired improvements.

The following services could be included:

  • Reviewing the case history and documents.
  • Completing academic achievement testing.
  • Meeting with school personnel to explain the results.
  • Interviewing family & school personnel.
  • Writing a report with recommendations with a final review meeting.

This consultation and review is designed to provide a detailed examination of the situation and needs of a client.  Ann Martin Center does not provide advocacy services.

Educational Testing: For more information or to set up an initial appointment, please contact our Educational Testing Coordinator, Shawn Usha, MEd ET/P at (510) 655-7880, ext. 322.