What to Expect When You’re Assessing
Taking a One on One assessment? Read on.
It is perfectly normal to feel nervous going into an assessment. After all, not knowing what to expect, coupled with the fear of performing poorly is a scary combination to contend with. That is why SpritelyMind developed this handy explanation of what to expect on test day for parents and students alike. Families may not be so readily convinced that they have nothing to be nervous about, but at least they can feel more secure about what is going to happen come test time.
No two 1:1 Assessments are exactly alike, but after years of administering a lot of assessments, a routine has emerged that resembles the following:
The first half of the assessment is spent working directly with the student. We will discuss his progress and ability in reading, writing, math, spelling, social studies, history, science, occupational education, art, and music as needed. They will be asked to read aloud, write, and work with numbers but in a way that is consistent with the style of education being received.
The second portion of the assessment is spent talking with the parent(s) about the results of the assessment. I address any questions or concerns you may have and offer guidance and recommendations (if desired).
After the assessment, families receive results by email typically within a week. Turn around may vary during the busier summer months. .
What Should I Bring to My Assessment?
Providing as much information you can about your student will only enhance your assessment experience. While the following list is helpful, nothing on the list is a requirement.However, it should be noted that it is strongly recommend that you complete the Pre-Assessment Survey.
Pre-Assessment Survey - It is essential that you complete the pre-assessment survey, so if for any reason you do not complete it prior to the assessment, make sure to bring it with you to your appointment. Anything in addition to the pre-assessment survey is icing on the cake and greatly appreciated, but not required.
Current reading book - Any book or story that your child has read within the last year. Favorite books are ideal. Students who are not reading independently yet may also bring a favorite book, even if it is one that was read to them.
Current sample of writing - Please select something that your student wrote within the last year.
Portfolio - if applicable
Past Evaluation results - if applicable
Anything else that you or your student would like to share; artwork, awards, projects, creations, etc.