Sponsored by the Association of Specialists in the Assessment of Intellectual Functioning (ASAIF)

Best Practices in Educational Assessment

An ASAIF Shorty

Presented by John O. Willis, Ed.D., SAIF

Date:              Tuesday 18 October 2016                                           Location:    Nackey S. Loeb

Time:             5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.                                                 School of Communications

Registration:   4:30 p.m.                                                                   749 East Industrial Park Drive

                                                                                                     Manchester, NH 03109


                                                                                                     (603) 627-0005

Cost:  ASAIF Members $35, Nonmembers $45.  (Nonmember rate for one's first Shorty of the school year plus $15 [a total of $60] confers membership through 8/31/17.*)  (Fee includes   coffee and other beverages, fruit, cheese, and cookies.  Please bring your own supper.)

   Certificates will be given for 3 clock hours or 3 NASP-approved CPD credits.

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* MEMBERSHIP:  Become a member of ASAIF for $25 per year:  swasey@comcast.net (Lisa  Swasey, SAIF).  ASAIF membership years runs September 1 through August 31.

This Shorty covers Willis's personal, unsubstantiated, idiosyncratic ideas about best practices in planning, conducting, and reporting educational assessments.  Each participant will be given a CD containing lots of background information and some reporting forms that might somehow prove useful.

Learning Objectives:   Following this Shorty, participants will be able to . . .

  1. plan a useful assessment designed to answer referral questions (both asked and inferred)

  2. avoid awful mistakes that would be featured in next year's presentation

  3. try to stay out of legal trouble

  4. make reasonable selections of tests and use them responsibly

  5. clearly present and explain the results of an assessment,

  6. interpret test results clearly, coherently, and usefully, and

  7. offer realistic and potentially useful recommendations.



Suggested Reading:

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Breaux, K.C., & Lichtenberger, E. O. (in press). Essentials of KTEA-3 and WIAT-III assessment.  Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

Kaufman, A. S., & Kaufman, N. L. (Eds.).  Essentials of Psychological Assessment series.     Hoboken, NJ; Wiley. A few titles are listed at http://lp.wileypub.com/wileyessentialsPS/ and http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/Section/id-410924.html

Farrall, M. L. (2012).  Reading assessment: Linking language, literacy, and cognition.  Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

Flanagan, D. P., & Harrison, P. L. (Eds.) (2012). Contemporary intellectual assessment third edition: Theories, tests and issues. New York, NY: Guilford.

Flanagan, D. P., Ortiz, S. O., & Alfonso, V. C. (2013). Essentials of Cross-Battery Assessment (3rd ed.). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

McBride, G. M., Dumont, R., & Willis, J. O. (2011). Essentials of IDEA for assessment professionals. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

Kilpatrick, D. A. (2015). Essentials of assessing, preventing, and overcoming reading difficulties. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

Mather, N., & Jaffe, L. (2016). Woodcock-Johnson IV: Reports, recommendations, and strategies (each copy with unique pin and link to the web site for the book). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

      Great assessment text for any test, not just the WoJoFo.

Mather, N., & Jaffe, L. E. (Eds.) (2010). Comprehensive evaluations: Case reports for psychologists, diagnosticians, and special educators. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley. Fifty-eight diverse sample reports with commentary by the report authors.

Schneider, W. J., Lichtenberger, E. O., Mather, N., & Kaufman, N. L. (in preparation). Essentials of assessment report writing (2nd ed.). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

Willis, J. O., & Dumont, R. P. (2002).  Guide to identification of learning disabilities (3rd ed.).  Peterborough, NH: authors.  Print copy available from johnzerowillis@yahoo.com or CD from dumont @fdu.edu.

Registrations will be accepted through Friday 14 October, but only if we get sufficient enrollment by Monday 10 October in order to hold this Shorty, so please let us know by Monday 10 October, if possible! We are unable to provide refunds for cancellations after 10 October unless this event is cancelled by ASAIF.

There will be no confirmation letter. Only those who cannot be accommodated will be contacted.

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Best Practices Shorty 10.18.16

                         Member Price  $35                                                                                             Nonmember Price $45