Lost in the data? Discover the truth

Understand the tests and the rest of the Educational File

Want to shred that Evaluation Report?

Average or Below average? I’ve been there! Thinking a standard score of 80 was 80% not 10th percentile! Because of this, I thought my son’s speech was grade-level for a few years. Understant the tests as quantititative data. What about average, low-average and below average descriptors, why are these numbers plugged into a Cross-Battery assessment? Wait, T-scores mean something else? It’s all a lot to learn in a hurry. Somehow, you are going to learn about all these types of tests, go to a meeting and make a decision. Above all, you need to understand the tests and be understanding test items.

You need a Translator.

Trust gone sour. In the beginning, you rely on your child’s team to explain what’s happening with their education. Why are recommendations and descriptions missing from the 60 page document? Why is the football coach in your eligibility IEP meeting as the General Education Representative? Your child is reporting that he is not receiving services, so you don’t believe teacher observations written in the present levels of performance. Everyone says he’s doing fine, but he isn’t doing homework. Missing grade alerts swamp your email inbox. Nothing adds up.

There’s more than what’s been written

Feeling ‘less than’. For the most part, evaluations are just confusing: ‘confidence intervals’, ‘discrepant scores’ and ‘borderline’ are descriptions that make your eyes glaze over. In this case, the Advocacy Analysis Report can help explain the numbers. For one thing, why would you be expected to understand when you need a layman’s explanation to help understand the content?

You may be reluctant to ask a lot of questions because you do not want to show that you don’t understand the tests. That’s normal. In a room of Specialists, you may be afraid to ask why they were used, what they mean for educational programming. You don’t want to look stupid.


Understand the tests for the future of your child

Don’t agree until you comprehend the tests 

Standard scores, t-scores, whatever scores. The bottom-line is, if you don’t understand them, how can you agree with the services based on them? That may not be the only problem you have on your list. If the parent information you shared is missing, should you complain? what can you do to correct that and what are you supposed to do now?

Undoubtedly, good comprehensive assessments and complete evaluations are fundamental to an appropriate program. You need a team of impartial experts. I bring consultation with numerous subject-matter experts to the report: Licensed Psychologists, Speech Language Pathologists and Board Certified Behavior Analysts among them.


Your private team. Generally, whoever has expert knowledge about your child is an important contributor. The evaluation report must detail every aspect of your child’s disability, from various sources and make programming recommendations.

Now you can understand the tests

To sum up, a snapshot Analysis Report of your child’s current situation gives you the real story and it serves as a road map to stronger educational results. A full review gives you an in depth opinion to include historical records review and any and all private provider input. You’re going to understand the tests! Take this information to the next step with representation. For more help, consider this.

Understand the tests

Snapshot option: $395.00


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Virginia Spencer, M.Ed.,


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