The Arizona Association of School Psychologists Central Region will be holding a regional conference entitled:
Bilingual Assessment of Dual Language Learners (DLL):
A Case Study Approach
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 (S.E.S.), 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 (L.R.E.), determination of Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE), and the delivery/denial of related services. This workshop will review the Individual with Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA 2004) for legal guidance and an overview of context and processes that can help in providing fair and comprehensive nondiscriminatory assessments for Dual Language Learners (DLLs). An overview of the newly published Batería-4 Woodcock-Muñoz cognitive assessment (Pruebas de habilidades cognitivas) and achievement (Pruebas de aprovechamiento) 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.
- Participants will have an understanding of legal and ethical codes related to assessing Dual Language Learners (DLL).
- Participants will be introduced to the context of cultural and linguistically valid assessment practices.
- Participants will have a basic knowledge and an overview understanding of Spanish Cognitive and Achievement (Pruebas de aprovechamiento) tools.
Pedro Olvera, Psy.D., L.E.P. #2975., is an Associate Professor in the School Psychology program at Azusa Pacific University (APU). He is a published writer and teaches coursework in the area of assessment of E.L.L.s, cognitive assessment, and enhancing collaboration with culturally and linguistically diverse (C.L.D.) families. Before joining APU, he was a bilingual school psychologist in Southern California. He is in private practice and he is frequently called upon to offer his expertise in matters related to the assessment of E.L.L.s.
*Please join us immediately following the training for an AASP-sponsored Happy Hour (food and non-alcoholic beverages included). The Happy Hour will be held at:
Helio Basin Brewing Company
3935 E Thomas Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85018
Click here for a map to the Happy Hour location.
*Note: If you register for the workshop, but learn prior to the event that you will be unable to attend, please cancel your registration.