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Academic achievement assessments measure children’s academic skills including: reading, spelling, writing, maths and listening. Children’s results from the assessment are compared to their age-matched or grade-matched peers. This objective measurement of children’s academic achievement skills can assist parents and teachers in better understanding children’s academic strengths and weaknesses and can assist them in better meeting children’s learning needs.
Academic achievement assessments are used:
- To identify and diagnose specific learning disorders such as reading disorder (Dyslexia) and maths disorder (Dyscalculia)
- To identify the level of academic skills a gifted child possesses
- Often in combination with cognitive assessments.
The benefits of having an academic achievement assessment are to:
- Objectively measure children’s academic abilities
- Help children understand how their academic abilities affect their learning
- Provide advice to teachers to assist them in developing Individual Learning Plans (ILPs) that meet the children’s specific learning needs
- Assist high achieving and/or gifted children in school settings by providing evidence to support the use of extension activities, acceleration in a particular subject and/or whole year acceleration
- Prevent children from experiencing negative outcomes at school, including: poor results, disruptive behaviour patterns, school avoidance and refusal, low self esteem and mental health issues such as anxiety and depression
- Provide evidence to schools and universities to obtain provisions (eg. getting a reader/writer) for formal examinations
We use the Wechsler Individual Achievement Test - Third edition (WIAT-III) to assess academic achievement in individuals aged 4 to 50.
These cognitive assessments measure:
- Reading skills – sight word vocabulary, phonological awareness, reading comprehension and early reading skills
- Written skills – spelling, grammar, punctuation, sentence structure and written idea formulation
- Maths – basic numerical operations and maths problem-solving
- Listening – listening comprehension
If you believe that your child needs an academic achievement assessment, please contact us to schedule an appointment.
See Appointments for more information on what to expect in an assessment session with us.