Psychoeducational evaluations vary according to the age of the child and the goal. However, most psychoeducational evaluations will include a background review/parent interview, student interview, aptitude testing (IQ), achievement testing (reading, writing, math), behavior rating scales, and additional supplemental tests as needed. After the evaluation is completed, you will receive a written report, which will include recommendations and if appropriate, educational disability identifications. The time to complete an evaluation can vary from a few weeks to a few months depending on the tests administered and data collected. Evaluations can be completed to assess for learning disabilities, emotional disturbances (depression, anxiety, behavioral/anger difficulties), executive functioning deficits, autism, ADHD, and intellectual disability. In addition, evaluations can be completed for gifted programs and to provide evidence for post-secondary needs.
In theory, the school district in which the child attends school is obligated to provide psycho educational testing for children who need it. Parents have reported several potential problems with having the school do the testing. First, the school district has to agree that the child needs testing, and they are sometimes reluctant. Second, there must be a demonstrated need for the school to provide an evaluation. For example, the child might need to be more than a year or two academically behind peers on standardized tests before the school will provide an evaluation. Parents might not want to wait that long. Third, a private evaluation offers more privacy to the family. Parents might opt to not share their results with the school.