ERIC Number: ED235651
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Assessment of Basic Competencies: A Functional Approach to the Assessment of Learning Disabilities.
Somwaru, Jwalla P.
A functional approach to the assessment of learning disabilities (LD) is proposed in the light of confusing and ambiguous guidelines for identifying students with LD. Problems in the current evaluation procedures include the concept that ability and achievement are separate dimensions of intellectual functioning and the potential for biased assessments with norm-referenced tests. Research is reviewed on terms used to describe behavioral manifestations (dyslexia and reversals, hyperactivity and hyperkinesis, perceptual-motor impairment and training). The Assessment of Basic Competencies (ABC), a functional approach, is described as an effort to determine children's competencies in skills important for learning in school. The ABC consists of items measuring three clusters of skills: information processing (observing skills, organizing skills, and relating skills), language (understanding words, comprehending expressions, producing expressions, decoding, and reading), and mathematics (understanding numbers and operations, understanding concepts, and solving problems). The test's format emphasizes the developmental nature of the assessment, while diagnostic information is also produced on which systematic instruction can be based. Advantages of the ABC are noted. (CL)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Assessment of Basic Competencies
Note: Paper presented at the CEC National Conference on the Exceptional Black Child (Atlanta, GA, July 24-27, 1983). For a related document, see ED 229 943.