Meaningful evaluation of students with a visual impairment is an especially complicated task. The population of students with visual impairment is diverse. Often these students have additional impairments that impact their growth and progress. The combined effects must be closely examined to determine effective instructional strategies. Meaningful evaluation will depend on the knowledge and ability of staff to administer tests and interpret results. Good evaluation and assessment results are essential to provide a foundation for the educational planning process.
This book, Making Evaluation Meaningful, is intended to provide guidance to evaluation personnel, teachers of the visually impaired, and families in making the best possible decisions regarding student evaluation. The beginning chapters include basic information about the characteristics of students with visual impairment, as well as information about preparing for evaluation, including helpful observation and interview protocols.
The individual chapters of this guide include pertinent information on types of testing such as Intelligence Testing, Adaptive Behavior Testing, Emotional Behavior Testing, and Educational Evaluations. Specifically addressed are many of the additional impairments seen in our student population, such as Mental Retardation, Learning Disabilities, Autism/Pervasive Development Disorders (PDD), Traumatic Brain Injury, and Significant Multiple Impairment. Extensive Case Studies are included for each of these chapters to allow readers to understand how the concepts are applied in an evaluation situation.