W-12: Bilingual Assessment of Dual Language Learners (DLLs): A Case Study Approach using the Baterìa-4 Woodcock-Munoz

9:00AM – 12:00PM | Capitol View

School Psychologists have a legal and ethical obligation to assess all students in a manner that will yield the most valid and reliable assessment results. This process involves thoroughly examining contextual factors like the language, level of acculturation, language dominance, socio-economic status and previous educational programs. To not carefully consider these factors while engaging in psychoeducational assessment can compromise the validity and reliability of the obtained results. Furthermore, untrustworthy test results can compromise eligibility, the discussion of the Least Restrictive Environment, determination of Free Appropriate Public Education and the delivery/denial of related services. This workshop will review the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act for legal guidance and an overview of context and processes that can help in providing fair and comprehensive nondiscriminatory assessments for Dual Language Learners. An overview of the newly published Baterìa-4 Woodcock-Munoz cognitive assessment and achievement will be presented. This workshop will discuss the legal and ethical matters in assessing DLLs and how to integrate bilingual cognitive and oral language assessments. The presenter will utilize case studies.

Pedro Olvera, Psy.D., LEP #2975, is an Associate Professor in the School Psychology program at Azusa Pacific University and a past president of CASP. He is a published writer and teaches coursework in the area of assessment of ELLs, cognitive assessment and enhancing collaboration with culturally and linguistically diverse families. He has been a bilingual school psychologist in Southern California since 2002 and is in private practice. He is frequently called upon to offer his expertise in matters related to the assessment of ELLs.

This workshop sponsored is by Riverside Insights.

Note: Workshop handouts will be placed online prior to the event. CASP will charge $10 per day for anyone requesting printed handouts.
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