Part 8 - Understanding a Students Behavior During the Assessment Process

ASSESSMENT IN SPECIAL EDUCATION SERIES

Introduction

A very important part of the assessment process is the observation of the student during the assessment process. These observations can provide valuable insight into the student’s learning style, areas of struggle, academic approach, stronger and weaker modalities (avenues through which information comes to us i.e. visual modality, auditory modality), self esteem, frustration levels, resiliency, communication skills and much more. It should also be noted that the way a child approaches different types of evaluations may be very similar to the style he/she uses in the classroom. There are many behaviors that should be observed when administering tests.  That is why is it very important for the evaluator to write down these observations which will also facilitate report writing (next step).

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