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This course introduces candidates to the psychometric assessments used to measure academic achievement, adaptive behaviour, social-emotional self-regulation, and intelligence measures required for designation into a BC Ministry of Education 1701 Special Education Category. The course will outline the qualifications required to administer Level B or level C assessments, the ethical considerations of psychometric assessment, and how to apply the fundamental statistical knowledge required to understand the results of psychometric assessments. It will also explore a variety of assessment tools, how to use these tools, and how to interpret information based on the assessment findings. Finally, the course will outline best practices for sharing information gathered from Level B psychometric assessments with students, families, a psychologist, physician, or provincial assessment network.
Successful completion of this course will qualify candidates to perform Level B assessments in K-12 schools in BC.
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During this course candidates will
• why Level B testing requires specific skills and knowledge
• the confidentiality associated with the administering and scoring of Level B tests
• the similarities and differences between Level A, Level B and Level C tests
• the steps and applications of early intervention and response to intervention
• the key concepts, measures, and principles in testing
• the testing and scoring terminology associated with Level B tests
• the quality control of the administering and scoring of Level B tests to maintain valid
and reliable results
• how to interpret a test for recommendations
• the steps necessary before, during, and after administering the test
• apply ethical administration of assessments practice
• identify BC Ministry of Education Special Education category criteria
• conduct a file review
• select appropriate assessments based on student needs
• interpret results and make recommendations based on Level B assessment results
• record short videos about yourself administering a level B test to be approved as part of your supervised clinical assignments
• report results of assessments to a range of stakeholders for a variety of purposes
* Candidates must confirm with their school officials prior to enrollment, that they have access to Level B test kits.
To confirm if a test that you have access to meets the requirements for this course, search for the test on the Pearson Clinical Assessment Canada page. Tests listed at Qualification Level B are acceptable for this course.
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Course candidates are required to obtain access to one Level B achievement test from their workplace (either from the school or central office). Candidates will need to administer a test to a school-age student. We recommend that candidates perform practice assessments with a student who is family member or friend, with permission.
The following are recommended choices:
• Woodcock Johnson IV (WJ IV)
• Wechsler Individual Achievement Test (WIAT-III)
• Kaufman Test of Educational Achievement (KTEA-3)
Be sure that borrowed kits contain blank protocols or forms. If your school district does not have the latest edition, then do your best with an older edition. If your district does not have the assessment kits listed here, but others are available, you may visit Pearson Clinical or Nelson Assessments to verify that your test kit is a level-b assessment. If you are still unsure, email firstname.lastname@example.org for validation.
If you would like to verify that your assessment meets the qualification requirements, visit Pearson Clinical Canada.
*Please note that some tasks in this course require you to conduct practice assessments with a school-age case study student. You will need to obtain permission to administer the tests through a personal relationship, and not through your school. Using students from a candidate’s classroom is not recommended, and requires school, parental, and potentially district permissions before a test is administered. If you are not able to administer the test to a school-age child, you may substitute an adult for the purposes of this practice.
Candidates who are required to provide a letter of enrolment to their Special Education department to gain access to the Level B tests may do so by contacting email@example.com.