EDSP6394 Cognitive Assessment

Course Description

This course will examine learning theory, learning styles, and assessment techniques. Students will administer and interpret the results of cognitive tests in basic skill areas.

Course Credits: 3

Prerequisites: Admission to the diagnostician certification or the special education MA diagnostician track program.

Student Learning Outcomes

The student will:

  • Apply knowledge of basic terminology and statistical concepts (e.g., standard error of measurement, mean, standard deviation) used in assessment and evaluation.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of standards for test norming, reliability and validity; procedures used in standardizing assessment instruments; and sources of measurement error.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of how to select and use assessment and evaluation materials based on technical quality and individual student needs( e.g., communication, physical, and other disabilities).
  • Demonstrate knowledge of how to select or modify assessment procedures to minimize bias in results.
  • Apply knowledge of the uses and limitations of various types of assessment instruments (e.g., norm-referenced, criterion-referenced) and observation techniques (e.g., anecdotal, frequency, temporal).
  • Apply skills for interpreting assessment and evaluation data and using data for instructional recommendations.
  • Recognize when a student needs further assessment and/or evaluation, including that conducted by other professionals, in a specific area (e.g., language skills, physical skills, social/emotional behavior, assistive technology needs).
  • Use assessment and evaluation results to determine a student’s needs in various curricular areas and to make recommendations for intervention, instruction, and transition planning.