Choices in using assessment tools

As  specialist teachers with an Assessment Practice Certificate, we are faced with a wide range of assessment tools for different purposes.    This section of the website aims to advise fellow practitioners on what are the best options.

When assessing  students for the Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA), our first source of guidance is the SpLD Assessment Standards Committee (SASC).  This is the committee that decides which tests are suitable and periodically updates the list it uses.

The list SASC publishes specifies assessors use at least one tool from each section (e.g.for reading, for spelling, for underlying ability).

The November 2012 guidelines specified that the Digit Memory Test will be withdrawn from approval from the end of the current academic year (2012-2013).  Dyslexia Positive looked at the alternatives for a test of working memory.

Assessors should also take note of the recommendations from our professional body, Patoss, especially when seeking to renew their Assessment Practising Certificate.  If anything, Patoss is more stringent than SASC in guiding our choice of tests.

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