By Beverly Stewart, M.Ed. – Published December 2012

If your child is facing challenges at school, rest assured, you’re not alone. Throughout the course of childhood development, many students experience “hiccups” in their development. This can be a normal byproduct of change, or a sign of a condition that needs attention. How can parents tell the difference? Educational testing can help.

Educational and intellectual testing (also called psyco-educational testing by professionals) are quite simply, evaluations for children performed by licensed, clinical psychologists. Using the most sophisticated measures available, testing can help maximize a student’s success by analyzing the style in which he/she learns, his/her strengths and non-strengths, as well as any learning differences.

Recommendations are then made to parents and educators regarding the best teaching methods and educational environment for the student to reach his/her full potential. What kind of educational tests are available? Tests may include:

  • I.Q.
  • Academic Achievement Levels (by grade level and age level)
  • Visual-Motor
  • Learning Disability
  • Attention Deficit Disorder Screening
  • Verbal and Visual Memory
  • Visual and Auditory Perception

After testing is complete, the resulting formal report can be used to document the need for special services to be provided by the schools including an IEP. Students may also need to take extended time SATs and High School Entrance Exams, and many other tests.

Parents take note: Not all educational tests indicate a problem. Many educational tests are actually used to evaluate a student’s readiness for gifted programs or increased academic challenges. In fact, behavior issues in the classroom can often be traced back to student boredom, and enrichment classes can provide a successful solution!

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Beverly Stewart, M.Ed.

Beverly Stewart, M.Ed. is President and Director of Back to Basics Learning Dynamics, Inc., an area leader in 1-on-1 tutoring and test prep for children and adults, and translating/interpreting since 1985. In addition, Back to Basics is a Department of Education approved 1-on-1 Private School for K-12, as well as a Business and Trade School for ages 16+.
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Back to Basics Learning Dynamics, Inc. is located on 6 Stone Hill Road, Wilmington.

Beverly Stewart inducted to Hall of Fame of Delaware Women