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    Assessment Resources

    Please Read: Important Information For Test Users

    In order to admnister some tests, users must have the requisite qualifications. It is up to individual users to ensure they are appropriately qualified and competent. Navan Education & Support Centre bears no responsibility for the use of test materials by unqualified individuals. Please refer to individual test user guidelines or publisher's website for further information.

     


    Dyslexia Screener Test2r

    Test2R Training Video

      Dr Pauline Cogan trained as a Primary School Teacher in Carysfort Training College, Blackrock, Co Dublin in 1967.  She graduated with a BA in languages (1970) and a Higher Diploma in Education (1971) from University College Dublin.

    Pauline has had a life-long interest in social and educational justice with a principal focus on learning difficulties.   For over a decade she has intensely studied the causes of literacy difficulties in children and has operationalised this knowledge into child and classroom friendly tasks.  She was awarded her PhD by Trinity College, Dublin, in 2012, through research in this field.

    With the help of teachers, the school community, the DES and other bodies and driven by research, policy and practice, Pauline has developed TEST2R.  This is a comprehensive test used to screen and pin-point the emergent literacy skills which a 5 – 6 year old child needs to be taught.  It also provides an individual report on each child and pointers to intervention/resources.

    Pauline is an honorary member of the Board of Dyslexia International Tools & Technologies which is a portal to UNESCO.  She is on the National Executive Committee of the Irish Learning Support Association (ILSA) and is the Editor of LEARN – the peer reviewed journal of that body.  She is also a Chartered Psychologist of the Psychological Society of Ireland.

    WIAT-III-T Test Kit

    Qualification Code CL2R

    WIAT-III UK-T: (Teachers): Wechsler Individual Achievement Test for Teachers (3rd UK Edition): Complete Kit

    • Single Word Reading – includes letter identification, phonological awareness, letter-sound awareness, accuracy and automaticity of word recognition
    • Reading Comprehension – stories and sentences include literal, inferential and lexical comprehension, oral reading accuracy and fluency and word recognition in context
    • Reading Speed – for 6 to 16 years 11 months. Words per minute (WPM) can also be recorded for the full age range
    • Reading Rate – this is calculated from the Reading Comprehension subtest. The quartile scores identify the slow and accurate, slow and inaccurate, fast and accurate and fast and inaccurate reader
    • Single Word Spelling – includes letter-sound correspondence for vowels, consonants and consonant blends, regular and irregular words, contradictions and high-frequency homonyms.

     

    Training in the use of WIAT-T-III Test Kit is availalbe through NESC. Last training course took place on Wednesday April 14th with Dr Pauline Cogan. Further sessions will be scheduled.

    Pauline has had a life-long interest in social and educational justice with a principal focus on learning difficulties.   For over a decade she has intensely studied the causes of literacy difficulties in children and has operationalised this knowledge into child and classroom friendly tasks.  She was awarded her PhD by Trinity College, Dublin, in 2012, through research in this field.

    WRAT5

    Qualification Code CL2R

    The WRAT5 is easy to administer screener that provides an accurate way to identify possible learning disabilities, assess and monitor reading, spelling, and maths skills in people aged 5–85+ and helps to identify possible learning disabilities. 

     

    MaLT

    These standarised group tests yield information that will support individual and whole-class teaching, as well as assessments for screening, monitoring and progress tracking.

    MaLT assesses all areas of mathematics providing:

    • Standarised scores and percentiles
    • Maths ages (MaLT 5-7)
    • Year-on-year progress assessment
    • Attainment target performance profiles
    • Individualised formative and diagnostic feedback to pupils
    • Whole-class profiles identifying weaknesses, common misconceptions and errors.

    MaLT Stage 1 – Age Suitability:

    • MaLT 5: Covers ages 4.0 to 6.5 years
    • MaLT 6: Covers ages 5.0 to 7.5 years
    • MaLT 7: Covers ages 6.0 to 8.5 years

    MaLT Stage 2 – Age Suitability:

    • MaLT 8: Covers ages 7.0 to 9.5 years
    • MaLT 9: Covers ages 8.0 to 10.5 years
    • MaLT 10: Covers ages 9.0 to 11.5 years
    • MaLT 11: Covers ages 10.0 to 12.5 year

    MaLT Stage 3 – Age Suitability:

    • MaLT 12 Covers ages 11.0 to 13.5 years
    • MaLT 13: Covers ages 12.0 to 14.5 years
    • MaLT 14: Covers ages 13.0 to 15.5 years

    Stage 1, 2 and 3 are available from the NESC library

     

    Bracken

    Qualification Code CL3


    The Bracken Basic Concept Scale – Third Edition: Receptive (BBCS-3: R) and Bracken Basic Concept Scale: Expressive (BBCS: E) are developmentally sensitive measures of children’s basic concept knowledge.

    BBCS-3:R (RECEPTIVE):  Assess a child's receptive knowledge of basic concepts with the Bracken Basic Concept Scale - Third Edition: Receptive

    BBCS:E (EXPRESSIVE):  Is a verbal response test of a child's basic concepts skills expressively. BBCS:E helps determine cognitive and language development, for assessing childhood academic achievement. 

     

     

     

    New Non-Reading Intelligence Test

    NNRIT: NEW Non-Reading Intelligence Test

    Qualification Requirements: The NNRIT can be used by any teacher but only in a school context. 

    The NNRIT tests assess aspects of language and thinking that are not necessarily represented in measures of pupil attainments and help to pinpoint low-achieving and slow-reading pupils who may have high underlying ability. Test is administered orally.

    • NNRIT Manual
    • NNRIT Test 1 – Brown forms – ages 6:2 to 8:10
    • NNRIT Test 2 – Blue Forms – ages 7:2 to 9:10
    • NNRIT Test 3 – Green Forms – ages 8:2 to 11:10 (primary) / ages 10:2 to 13:10 (secondary)
    ABLLS-R

    Qualification Requirements: The assessment can be conducted by most people with a minimal understanding of Applied Behaviour Analysis

    An Overview of The Assessment of Basic Language and Learning Skills-Revised (ABBLS-R)

    What is it?

    Devised by Dr James Partington in 1998, the Assessment of Basic Language and Learning Skills (ABLLS) is an assessment, skills tracking system, and curriculum guide used to help guide the instruction of language and critical learner skills for children with autism, language delays or other developmental disabilities.  It was revised in 2006 to include additional task items not included in the 1998 edition, hence the acronym ABLLS-R.  The ABLLS – R provides a comprehensive review of 544 skills from 25 skill areas including language, social interaction, self-help, academic and motor skills that most typically developing children acquire prior to entering primary school (approximately 4 - 5 years of age). The task items within each skill area are arranged from simpler to more complex tasks. Expressive language skills are assessed based upon the behavioural analysis of language as presented by Dr. B.F. Skinner in his book Verbal Behaviour (1957).

    Why use it?

    The results of the ABLLS-R provide both parents and professionals with criterion-referenced information regarding a child’s current skills.  The overall goal of the ABLLS-R is to refine the level of examination of skills so that teaching can occur in increments that are manageable and likely to result in meaningful, and permanent, gains for the child.  Therefore, each of the skills is clearly operationally defined with measurable increments identified.  The hierarchical nature of the ABLLS-R means that, generally, earlier skills within each category are necessary for the independent and sustained demonstration by the child of skills later in the hierarchy.  This has a practical impact on the use of the ABLLS-R in that gaps in skills that occur earlier in each category typically are given higher priority in the writing of initial goals for the child's educational targets.  Note: It is not a diagnostic device; although it was developed using the norms of typically developing children, it does not compare the child to norms or the performance of other children 

    Who can Use it?

    While the ABLLS-R is most commonly used on children with developmental disabilities and delays,(including autism), it can be used for anyone who may be lacking in basic communication or life skills.  The assessment can be conducted by most people with a minimal understanding of applied behavior analysis. Resulting profiles of the (assessed) child are likely to be a tighter fit if the assessor is objective about the child and their abilities, has significant experience with children with language delays and other behavioural deficits commonly associated with autism spectrum disorders. 

     

    The ABLLS-R is comprised of two documents:

    1. The ABLLS-R Protocol is used to score the child’s performance on the task items and provides 15 appendices that allow for the tracking of a variety of specific skills that are included in the assessment. The Protocol includes a set of grids that comprise a skills tracking system that makes it possible to observe and document progress in the acquisition of critical skills.
    2. The ABLLS-R Guide provides information about the features of the ABLLS-R, how to correctly score items, and how to develop Individualized Education Program (IEP) goals and objectives that clearly define and target the learning needs of a student.

     

    What does the assessment procedure entail and how long does it take?

    The ABLLS-R is conducted via direct observation of the child's behavior in each skill area. However, there are a variety of life circumstances that can prevent direct observation of the full range of skills assessed via the ABLLS-R.  Therefore, interview of key caregivers is an alternative and complimentary process that can be used to complete areas of the ABLLS-R which might be inaccessible for logistical reasons to the assessor.  The overall goal of the ABLLS-R, as any assessment tool, is the accurate summarization of the child's skills in order to facilitate as accurate and meaningful a treatment program as possible. 

    Criteria for scoring are provided throughout the assessment, and these scores are transferred to a corresponding grid for a quick visual reference.  The ABLLS Protocol contains a unique skills tracking grid used to depict the assessment results. The skills tracking grid allows you to see the results, select skills that are in need of instructional support, track progress over subsequent administrations, and compare progress over time. The shading of the different cells and rows represent progress or mastery of the different skills in each area. More shading means the child has acquired more skills. Less shading means the child has not yet acquired those skills. ABLLS grids will be different for each child dependent upon their abilities.

    The administering time of the ABLLS depends on the skill level of the child being evaluated and the skillset of the assessor.  Overall it could take a total of anywhere between 10-14 hours (done over a few sessions), but the end result should be a set of recommendations that are a tight fit to the child It can be administered over time to ensure that a more accurate reflection of the child’s abilities is shown.

     

     

    A few additional notes….

     

    • WebABLLSis an electronic version of the assessment allowing parents, teachers, speech and language therapists, behaviour analysts and those who design , co-ordinate and/ or supervise language or skill acquisition programs to easily share information about a child.

     

     

    Whilst the ABLLS-R covers many self-help skills often acquired by young children (eating, dressing, self-help, toileting etc.), it was not intended to provide a comprehensive review of the broad range of functional skills (skills that may need to be completed by others if the individual is unable to do them independently).  Therefore, an additional assessment was developed as a continuum to support and guide parents, caregivers and other key personnel to develop comprehensive and practical functional skills programs.  This assessment is the Assessment of Functional Living Skills (AFLS

    VB-MAPP Verbal Behaviour Milestones Assessment

    Qualification Code: Individuals who have training in Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA), behaviour analysts, speech-language therapists, psychologists and special educators.

    Verbal Behaviour Milestones Assessment and Placement Program (VB MAPP)

    What is it?

    Devised by Mark Sundberg (Ph.D., BCBA –D) in 2008, The VB-MAPP is a criterion-referenced assessment tool, curriculum guide, and skill tracking system that is designed for children with autism, and other individuals who demonstrate language delays. It is based on B.F. Skinner’s (1957) analysis of verbal behaviour, established developmental milestones, and research from the field of behaviour analysis. The VB-MAPP spans a 40 year history of research and development and has benefitted from the input of behaviour analysts, speech pathologists, occupational therapists, special education teachers, psychologists and parents of children with special needs. 

    Why Use It?

    It is designed to be a descriptive measure of a child’s language and social skills, which collects a lot of information and data around same.  It identifies a baseline level of a child’s skills, and compares it to those of typically developing peers.  The results of assessment help to prioritize intervention needs, provide feedback to staff, parents and other professionals, guide curriculum planning and track skill acquisition

    Who can use it?

    While the focus is on younger children with autism and other developmental disabilities, the assessment can be used with teenagers and adults, as well as those with other forms of language delays such as expressive and receptive language disorder, or those produced by traumatic brain injury. It is intended to be used by individuals who have training in Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) and is primarily used by behaviour analysts, speech-language pathologists, school psychologists and special educators to assess strengths and weaknesses in skills and behaviours that might impede language and social development.

    What are the areas covered under the VB MAPP?  


    There are five components of the VB-MAPP, and collectively they provide a baseline level of performance, a direction for intervention, a system for tracking skill acquisition, a tool for outcome measures and other language research projects, and a framework for curriculum planning. Each of the skills in the VB-MAPP is measurable and developmentally balanced across skill areas.
     

    1. VB-MAPP Milestones Assessment, which is designed to provide a representative sample of a child’s existing verbal and related skills. The assessment contains 170 measurable learning and language milestones that are sequenced and balanced across 3 developmental levels (0-18 months, 18-30 months, and 30-48 months). The skills assessed include requesting, labelling, echoic, conversational units, receptive language skills, motor imitation, independent play, social and social play, visual perceptual and matching-to-sample, linguistic structure, group and classroom skills, and early academics.
    2. VB-MAPP Barriers Assessment, which provides an assessment of 24 common learning and language acquisition barriers faced by children with autism or other developmental disabilities. The barriers include behaviour problems, instructional control, defective expressive and receptive language skills, defective social skills, prompt dependency, and failure to generalise to name but a few barriers. The identification of these barriers enables the development of specific intervention strategies to help overcome these problems, which can lead to more effective learning. 

     

    1. VB-MAPP Transition Assessment, which contains 18 assessment areas and can help to identify whether a child is making meaningful progress and has acquired the skills necessary for learning in a less restrictive educational environment. This assessment tool can provide a measurable way for a child’s IEP team to make decisions and set priorities in order to meet the child’s educational needs.

     

     

    1. VB-MAPP Task Analysis and Skills Tracking, which is a checklist of skills that support thedevelopmental milestones and can be used for daily curriculum activities and skill tracking. There are approximately 900 skills presented covering the 16 areas of the VB-MAPP.  These skills may not be significant enough to identify as Milestones or IEP goals, but each of them play an important role in moving a child’s repertoire closer to that of a typically developing child.

     

    1. VB-MAPP Placement and IEP Goals, which correspond with the four assessments above. The placement guide provides specific direction for each of the 170 milestones in the Milestones Assessment as well as suggestions for Individualized Education Program goals to establish intervention and curriculum priorities that are measurable, meaningful and manageable.

     

     

     

    What does the assessment procedure entail and how long does it take?

    In order to ensure the appropriate skills will be targeted for teaching, information will be obtained from parents, teachers and other key personnel who know the child well.  There are some areas of the assessment that require the careful eye of a trained professional (particularly around linguistic goals) either in an observational capacity or formal testing by that professional. 

    The assessment of potential barriers should be conducted simultaneously.

    Each of the Milestones has a scoring form which is shaded in to depict the assessment results. The skills tracking grid allows you to see the results, select the priority skills that are in need of instructional support, track progress over subsequent administrations, and compare progress over time. Results will be different for each child dependent upon their ability.

    The administering time of the VB MAPP depends on the skill level of the child being evaluated and the administrator's ability to complete the assessment.  It can be administered over time to ensure that a more accurate reflection of the child’s abilities is shown.

    Assessment of Functional Living Skills (AFLS)

    Qualification Code: An easy to use assessment tool for parents, educators, professional staff and caregivers.

    An Overview of The Assessment of Functional Living Skills (AFLS)

    What is it?

    Devised by Dr James Partington and Dr Michael Mueller in 2012, the Assessment of Functional Living Skills (AFLS) is an assessment, skills tracking system, and curriculum guide for the development of essential skills for achieving independence.  The AFLS contains task analyses of many of the skills essential for participation in a wide range of family, school, community and work environments.  There are 6 Assessment Protocols:

    • The Basic Living Skills Assessment,
    • The Home Skills Assessment,
    • The Community Participation Assessment,
    • The School Skills Assessment,
    • The Independent Living Assessment,
    • Vocational Skills Assessment Protocol.

     While each of these assessments can be used as stand-alone assessments, they should be conceptualised as being different modules of an extended assessment that exists on a continuum as the skills addressed are all based upon overarching goals for maximizing freedom, independence, and opportunities for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). 
    The complete AFLS covers more than 1900 useful daily living skills in 66 functional skill areas, and can be used to demonstrate a learner's current functional skill repertoire and provide tracking information for the progressive development of these skills from 2 years old right throughout the lifespan.

    Why use it?

    Functional Skills are commonly thought of as skills that if not mastered by the learner, will need to be done for the learner.  These are essential, practical, everyday skills of daily living.  Whilst they can be mundane, without the demonstration or teaching of these skills, a person is dependent on others for care.  These assessment protocols will help teachers/ educators, parents and professionals to develop enhanced person-centred programming and transition plans, providing critical roadmaps for learners.  All 6 modules of the AFLS are designed to ensure that caregivers and professionals provide learners with the very best opportunities to learn how to do tasks for themselves in a broad array of real world settings. 

     

    Who can Use it?

    The AFLS is designed to be an easy- to- use assessment tool for parents, educators, professional staff, and other caregivers.  The AFLS as aforementioned can be used from 2 years of age right throughout the lifespan. 

    What are the Areas covered under AFLS?

    1. Basic Living Skills Assessment Protocol

    The skills included in this range from those that are often acquired by typically developing children at a very early age all the way through those that may not be acquired until late adolescence or early adulthood. Basic self-help, self-care, self-management, hygiene, routines, and core communication skills are assessed in this module. The skills assessed in this should be thought of as a prerequisite for any functional skills program for any learner regardless of age, setting, or disability. These essential skills, if not mastered, will have a profound impact on a learner's ability to live independently, to be successful in school, and to take advantage of various social and recreational activities throughout their life. This Module includes Self-Management, Basic Communication, Dressing, Toileting, Grooming, Night-time Routines  etc.

    1. The Home Skills Assessment Protocol

    The skills included in this are skills required for home living, whether home living is living with parents, living in a supported facility, a group home etc.  These skills range from those that are often acquired by typically developing individuals through day to day interactions, teaching sequences, as well as through consistent parental and sibling modelling. Basic and advanced skills for preparing and eating meals, cleaning, dressing, laundry, leisure skills, and daily activities are assessed.

    1. The Community Participation Assessment Protocol

    Community participation begins with learning to physically navigate safely around paths/roads, streets, and signs along with interacting with the people encountered when doing so. This module reviews skills that when acquired will allow the learner to participate either independently or with others in shopping, eating out, participation in recreational and leisure activities.  Telling time, using time-related concepts, making and keeping appointments, using a phone, and other skills that help people stay connected and interact with others in the community, are also assessed in this module.

    1. The Schools Skills Assessment Protocol

    The functional skills required in school settings include very basic behavioural expectations such as compliance, rule following, transitions, waiting in lines etc. These skills are essential in striving for independence and successful functioning in different types of classrooms, in all parts of the school system, and with peers and changing staff.  This assessment covers all age levels of education (i.e., primary/ post primary/third level/Special Schools / Units within Schools etc. and considers the individual’s level of development (e.g., language, behaviour, and cognitive abilities).  The School Skills Protocol includes Classroom Mechanics, Routines and Expectations, Meals at School, Social Skills, Technology, Common Knowledge, Core Academics, and Applied Academics

    1. The Independent Living Assessment Protocol

    The goal of all functional skills teaching programs is for a learner to achieve the greatest level of independence possible.  The skills necessary for transitioning from the supervised lifestyle of living with parents and participating in the structured daily activities provided from school/educational settings, to living a lesser supported lifestyle are areas assessed in this module.  With these higher expectations of the learner, comes the responsibility of caregivers to provide instruction so as to ensure the learner has the requisite safety and problem solving skills so the learner can cope with the ups and downs of everyday life.  The Independent Living Skills Protocol includes Organizational Skills, Self-Care, Community Travel, Transportation, Kitchen Tools & Appliances, Food & Meal Planning, Money Management, Independent Shopping, Personal Management, Safety, Problem Solving, Social Interactions, Living with Others, Interpersonal Relationships to name a few.

    1. The Vocational Skills Assessment Protocol

    Preparing for and joining the workforce is a broad skill area with almost limitless skills to assess.  This protocol provides caregivers and professionals with information to teach essential skills to those individuals preparing to enter the workforce or those who are already working but want to further develop skills for a wide variety of settings including skills related to searching for job openings, creating CV’s, completing applications, interview preparation, obtaining/ maintaining employment. 

    What does the assessment procedure entail and how long does it take?

    The information required is what the learner typically does or can do when required, so as to not overestimate a skill level, and in turn ensuring that those skills will be targeted for teaching.  The main source of information will be obtained from parents, teachers and other key personnel who regularly interact with the learner.  The second source of information comes from direct observation of the learner in various settings, in order to determine the level of skill, but how the learner typically uses those skills.  The third source of information is obtained from the formal presentation of tasks to the learner to determine his/her competence with specific skills.

    Once this information is determined, the process of scoring is next.  Criteria for scoring are provided throughout the assessment, and these scores are transferred to a corresponding grid for a quick visual reference.  Each AFLS Module contains a unique skills tracking grid used to depict the assessment results. The skills tracking grid allows you to see the results, select skills that are in need of instructional support, track progress over subsequent administrations, and compare progress over time. The shading of the different cells and rows represent progress or mastery of the different skills in each protocol. More shading means the learner has acquired more skills. Less shading means the learner has not yet acquired those skills. AFLS grids will be different for each child dependent upon their own functional experiences.

    The administering time of the AFLS depends on the skill level of the learner being evaluated and the administrator's/ caregiver’s familiarity with that learner.

    As a note…

    • The person whose skills are being assessed is referred to as the “learner” as a way of keeping the focus on the learning that should occur rather than on age, diagnosis or skill level of the individual.
    • The term “Caregiver” refers to all people that know, care for, support and work with the learner, so in essence refers to parents, teachers, paraprofessionals etc.
    See & Learn Resources for children with Down syndrome

    See and Learn is an evidence-based, structured teaching programme which teaches speech, language and reading skills in small steps for children with Down syndrome up to 6 years of age. The programme is designed to help educators and parents provide young children with additional support and practice they need to learn language.

    Further information on See & Learn Kits is available from here

    Information on use of the kits in an Irish context is available here from Down syndrome Ireland

    NESC has Language and Reading bundle, Sentences Kit and First Counting Kit available for loan.



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