School is one of the most important aspects in the lives of children. Think about it: they are there five days a week for approximately seven hours a day; that’s roughly 35 hours weekly spent in an educational setting! However, if you’re a parent or caregiver, how do you know your child is getting the most out of their learning? A common question that arises with school-aged children is whether getting an educational assessment would be beneficial or not.
Educational assessments address the areas of learning and attention, and should not be seen as a negative thing. If you are unsure where to even begin in terms of assessments (i.e. what subjects are too challenging for my child) then a good place to start is with an intelligence/achievement test. These tests are not to measure how smart your child is, but rather to address their strengths and weaknesses. After indicating areas where your child could use some assistance, support systems are revealed that will allow your child to enhance their learning.
There are many different intelligence/achievement assessments for children. Some of the most popular assessments that are available test areas of cognitive ability including reasoning, knowledge, working memory, verbal ability and comprehension, listening, reading, spelling, mathematics, visual-spatial processing, and more.
While assessments vary, they all provide insight into the learning status of your child. These evaluations reveal what subjects your child needs assistance with, and different counsellors utilize different assessments. In order to further understand how to help your child, it would be beneficial to determine what issues or challenges you want to resolve. Your child would then be assessed them in the specific area of their weakness — reading, writing, or math. By focusing on a specific skill, it will be easier to indicate how to improve this skill and the necessary supports. Our Client Relations team is happy to help you navigate this process. You can contact them at 780-482-6215 to learn more about assessments.
Blog post by Becca Alano, Volunteer.