Learning Opportunity

Academic Assessment Training - Using Level A and B Assessments to Make Instructional Decisions

This session has been completed.
Facilitators: Rhonda Wizniak Robyn Combres

This is a multi-day event.

Day 1Nov 13, 2014 (8:30 am to 4:30 pm MDT)
Day 2Nov 14, 2014 (8:30 am to 4:30 pm MDT)
Day 3Jan 09, 2015 (8:30 am to 4:30 pm MDT)
(includes lunch, which is not prepared in a nut/gluten-free environment)
Location: Edmonton (ATA Barnett House)
11010 - 142 Street NW
Google Map
Session Code: 15-IE-091
Focus: Assessment Inclusive Education

Target Audience

Special Needs Teachers and School Team Members

About this Learning Opportunity

This learning opportunity is focused on expanding your knowledge in assessment, interpretation and application. You will gain the necessary skills to select, administer, and score a variety of academic assessments. In addition, provincial standards for psycho-educational assessments will be translated into meaningful classroom practice and instructional decisions. The purpose of this multi-day training will also teach the principles and statistical concepts necessary to complete and interpret Level B assessments to support student learning.

The concepts that will be covered include psychometric principles (test construction, reliability, validity), understanding the normal curve, the use of standard scores, and issues in administering standardized tests.

This session also provides detailed information regarding the administration and interpretation of popular Level B assessment tools. You will be supervised through online assignments and communication with the facilitators following the initial training to provide ongoing support for the administration and interpretation or assessments. As an illustrative example, an assessment protocol from an actual school district will be discussed throughout the session. The overall goal of this session is to use information obtained from Level B assessments, as well as classroom based assessments (Level A) and teacher observation, to support programming in an inclusive learning environment.

This learning opportunity is being provided through funding from Alberta Education.

About the Facilitator

Rhonda Wizniak, PhD, specializes in individual student assessment, as well as consultation with parents and school staff to create effective learning plans and school-based supports for students with a variety of academic and behavioural needs.

Robyn Combres, MA, has a passion for working with individuals with a variety of challenges. Using individual assessment, consultation, teaching, and modelling, appropriate strategies, service plans, and behavioural supports are designed and implemented to meet the needs of students, teaching staff, and families.