School readiness assessments
Below I will try to answer some frequently asked questions about school readiness assessments as done by an educational psychologist.
What is a school readiness assessment?
A school readiness assessment is a formal assessment, done by a qualified person, (usually an educational psychologist), to determine if your child is ready to enter primary school.
How is a school readiness assessment done?
The formal school readiness assessment is done looking at the following areas: social, emotional, physical and intellectual capabilities.
The assessment usually starts with an initial interview with the parents (plus minus 60 - 90 minutes). Thereafter testing is done, during which time a series of tests are used, including formal and informal tests.
How long will a school readiness assessment take?
The school readiness assessment will take approximately 4 - 5 hours. The assessment is usually done over 2 - 3 sessions, as young children find it difficult to concentrate for long periods of time. This assessment is usually done in the morning, as the child is then well rested and can concentrate for longer periods.
What kind of feedback can I expect from the educational psychologist after the school readiness assessment?
Parents will receive a written report, but also detailed verbal feedback on the various aspects of the school readiness assessment. Areas for improvement will be highlighted and an action plan is provided and discussed with parents in how to address these areas going forward.