Each year, schools administer standardized academic achievement tests in a paper-and-pencil format that an entire class takes at the same time. The most common tests are the STAR, SAT, CAT-9, and CTBS. These tests provide a measure of what the child has learned in school in the past year in various academic areas. They are not a substitute for the individually administered academic achievement tests, but are a useful measure of how the child is progressing from year to year in the basic subject areas.
It is important to bring all of your child’s annual academic achievement test scores to an evaluator. This will help determine if testing for a learning disorder is necessary. It will also help in recommendations for academic placement. It is not unusual to have a child with Asperger’s Disorder be near failing in school but have annual achievement test scores in the ninetieth percentile. His report card reflects homework and what he does in class, while the academic achievement tests measure what he actually learned. Comparing his scores with his report card can help determine if his problems lie more in learning or in behavior.