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What is the location and the theme of the April Tonsk Report?  Be the first to watch the Tonsk Report and correctly identify the location and theme of the Tonsk Report and win the prize!
Jesica Jensen correctly identified the location as Lake Powell and the theme as stay calm, remember your training, never give up, and success is the only option!

Stefanie Keyes is our Special Education Employee of the Month for April 2015.  Stefanie is a Speech-Language Technician serving all of San Juan School District!

Congratulations to Stefanie for all her hard work! Enjoy your parking spot while it lasts!

10 Tips for Planning Successful Assessment Sessions

  1. Practice: Practicing beforehand can ensure a smooth flow to the assessment process when working with a student.  Become familiar with the directions and scoring procedures so you can focus your full attention on the student as you administer assessments. 
  2. Choose the proper environment: Use your discretion to decide if the student would feel comfortable in the classroom or if a more private setting would be more preferable.  It is best to find a quiet space for conducting the assessment.
  3. Communicate with parents:  Parental support can help make the assessment process much smoother.  Inform parents of when their child will be tested so they can ensure that they get a good night's sleep, eats breakfast, and comes to school prepared.
  4. Assess in the morning:  Assessment that occurs earlier in the day typically yields more accurate results, particularly for younger students, who may be tired later in the day.
  5. Select assessments in advance:   Before the assessment session, choose which assessments you will be administering and mark the pages so you can find them easily during the session.  Select assessments that are most relevant to the skill area of immediate concern or select those that meet program needs and requirements. 
  6. Decide assessment method in advance: For each assessment you plan to administer, be sure to determine the method that will best accommodate your student or your particular situation before you get started.
  7. Anticipate length and timing of sessions:  Anticipate how long it will take to administer the assessments you have selected.  If the student is not feeling well or is having an "off" day, consider rescheduling for another day.
  8. Organize materials:  Gathering all materials before the assessment session will allow you to focus your full attention on the student during the session.  Also, remember that each student you assess will need their own Record Book so make sure you have enough.
  9. Record the student's personal data before the assessment:  Write the student's name on the front of the Record Book and complete the student's data on the first page before actually sitting down with the student to conduct the assessment.  
  10. Identify necessary accommodations: Consider accommodations if you feel the student will not perform well due to difficulty in understanding directions, speech problems, language differences or difficulties, visual problems, or other exceptionalities.  Remember, however, that when administering norm-referenced assessments, procedures must be adhered to more rigidly.    


April Question: What are the three independent and co-normed batteries of the Woodcock-Johnson IV, one of which is new?

Answer: WJ IV Tests of Achievement | WJ IV Tests of Cognitive Abilities | WJ IV Tests of Oral Language*


And the winner is Tyler Price from Whitehorse High School!

The correct answer must be received by April 30, 2015.

This is our ongoing game.  If you know the answer to the trivia question, please respond to me via email at adone@sjsd.org.  The first person to respond with the correct answer will receive the prize.  The monthly trivia question may pertain to anything.

Attached are two very helpful documents that explain the implementation of Response to Intervention and Child Find in San Juan School District.
We hope you find this information useful and please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.