A psychoeducational evaluation is an assessment of how a person learns. It measures different aspects of learning including reasoning, memory and working efficiency. It is different from the standard approach to testing provided in public school settings in that a psychoeducational assessment uses a wide variety of assessment tools to develop a complete perspective about a person’s academic needs and cognitive abilities. Determining whether an individual presents with a discrepancy between their intelligence and achievement is not the purpose of a psychoeducational evaluation. Rather, it is critical to determine not only how much a person has learned but more importantly how they learn and go about solving problems. Educational evaluations are conducted by psychologists and/or Learning Disabilities Teacher consultants (LDTCs). Often other evaluators provide information, including Speech pathologies, Occupational Therapists and social workers.
These assessments can provide a diagnosis of a learning disability such as dyslexia, dyscalculia or dysgraphia. It also measured learned knowledge like reading individual word reading, vocabulary and reading comprehension, math problem solving and calculation skills and written expression.