Educational Assessments & Testing Overview

The Center for Developing Minds has licensed educational psychologists that provide students with complete evaluations for learning differences, write comprehensive reports explaining the results of the assessment, and make recommendations that can help students achieve at a higher level. Psychoeducational evaluations at the CDM typically consist of an IQ test, academic/achievement testing and additional neuropsychological and processing assessments. Family background and developmental information is gathered, in addition to information from the school about the student's performance. Often social-emotional/behavioral surveys are provided for the student, teachers, and parents to fill out, and for additional measure, occasionally students are observed in their classroom or other setting.

All of this data is synthesized by the CDM licensed educational psychologist who prepares a detailed analysis for the family. The CDM report will include background information, test results, interpretation, summary and diagnosis, along with a recommendation section – a CDM Action Plan -- that details helpful suggestions for the student, both at home and at school. The final report is reviewed with the family and any questions are addressed in person.

Typically, a full psycho-educational evaluation will require five to six hours working directly with the student and then another several hours scoring the assessment tools, interpreting the assessment data, writing the report and compiling appropriate recommendations. Once the report is finished, parents are sent a copy for their review and then a follow-up meeting is scheduled to go over the report in detail and answer any questions. Depending on the exact amount of time needed for each evaluation, the total cost for everything usually runs approximately $4400 and the entire process is completed over a period of two to three weeks.

The CDM uses the most current and reliable versions of numerous psycho-educational evaluation instruments to assess a variety of areas and suspected disabilities, including:

  • Specific learning disorders in reading (dyslexia), writing (dysgraphia) and math (dyscalculia),
  • Processing disorders (e.g., auditory, language, visual-spatial, fine motor, speed/fluency, memory),
  • Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and executive functioning impairments,
  • Mental health disorders/emotional disturbances (ED) such as anxiety disorders and depression,
  • Autism spectrum disorders (ASD),
  • Intellectual disability (ID),
  • High IQ, gifted,
  • Studying and test-taking skills,
  • Adaptive behaviors, social skills and problem behaviors.

    Listed here is a sample of the frequently used tests conducted by our specialists:

    Tests of Intelligence, Cognitive Processes and/or Neuropsychological Functioning
    Cognitive Assessment System, Second Edition (CAS2)
    Comprehensive Test of Phonological Processing-2 (CTOPP-2)
    Developmental Neuropsychological Assessment-2 (NEPSY-2)
    Delis–Kaplan Executive Function System (D-KEFS)
    Differential Abilities Scale
    Stanford-Binet Intelligence Scales
    Test of Memory and Learning-2 (TOMAL-2)
    Test of Visual Motor Integration-6 (VMI-6)
    Test of Auditory Processing Skills-3 (TAPS-3)
    Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children-V (WISC-V)
    Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale-IV (WAIS-IV)
    Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence-IV (WPPSI-IV)
    Woodcock-Johnson Psychoeducational Battery-IV (WJ-IV)

    Academic/Achievement Skills
    Feifer Assessment of Reading (FAR)
    Feifer Assessment of Math (FAM)
    Wechsler Individual Achievement Test, 3rd edition (WIAT-III)
    Woodcock-Johnson Psychoeducational Battery-IV (WJ-IV)

    Social-Emotional and Behavior
    Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule-2 (ADOS-2)
    Behavior Assessment System for Children-III (BASC-III)
    Children's Depression Inventory, 2nd edition (CDI-2)
    Manifest Anxiety Scale for Children, 2nd edition (MASC-2)
    Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales-3

    Neurodevelopmental Screening
    Pediatric Examination of Educational Readiness at Middle Childhood-II
    Pediatric Early Elementary Examination (PEEX-II)

    Attention and Behavior
    ADHD Rating Scale
    Brown ADD Scales
    Behavior Assessment System for Children-III (BASC-III)
    Comprehensive Executive Function Inventory (CEFI)

    To discuss whether a psycho-educational evaluation is appropriate for your child, and/or schedule an assessment, please contact the CDM office at 408-358-1853 or