IEP test, 504 test, educational assessment, ADHD evaluation- these are all terms that refer to a Psychoeducational Evaluation. Psychoeducational Evaluations are administered by a School Psychologist (in the school setting) or by a Licensed Educational Psychologist to obtain information about a student's learning strengths and weaknesses, behavior, and/or mental health. In the public school setting, these are typically conducted in order to determine if a child or teen has a disability that requires special education support, or to determine if a student is eligible for gifted and talented programs (GATE).
Parents and students may seek assessments outside of the school district for a variety of reasons. These include
Psychologists use different procedures depending on the reason for the assessment. These include standardized tests to measure ability, (such as IQ tests), and achievement to identify learning disabilities. Rating scales are used to determine if thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are present, and to the degree these are impacting learning. Typically students, parents, and teachers complete rating scales. Psychologists can gather information about students’ learning and behavior by directly observing the students during assessment sessions and in natural settings, such as the classroom, if desired. Direct interviews with the student enables them to provide information about their goals, concerns, and school experience. Once testing is complete, a comprehensive report is written to explain results. Recommendations are made for the school setting as well as home and other services that may benefit the student.
Students meet with Dr. Walsh on between 2 and 4 occasions, each lasting approximately 2 hours. Parents complete an educational history form and rating scales, which typically take around 60 minutes. Results are available in as little as 30 days. Dr. Walsh meets with parents and the student to review the assessment results and recommendations.
Assessments range from $1500 (for GATE assessments) to $2900 for a full educational assessment including Autism evaluation. There are no hidden fees or extras, and the price will be clear prior to the first appointment. Please explore pricing-you will find that our rates are very reasonable.
We do not accept health insurance at this time, but will provide you with a superbill to submit to your PPO or Healthcare Spending Account for partial reimbursement. Please contact your health insurance to review out of network benefits,.