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Poor Academic Performance Evaluation in Northern New Jersey

The reasons for poor academic performance are not always apparent, leaving parents and teachers frustrated as to how to handle it. An evaluation performed on students in Totowa, Little Falls Township, Woodland Park and the surrounding areas in New Jersey can provide a wealth of information that can be useful in formulating a plan for improvement.

What is Poor Academic Performance Evaluation?

Poor academic performance evaluations are tests designed help you understand how your child learns. They are used to determine each child’s style of learning by assessing cognitive functions such as memory, attention span, language skills, organizational skills, processing speed and the ability to solve problems. These tests also assess academic skills like writing, reading and mathematics. Understanding which skills need to be worked on is critical to improving a student’s performance in school.

Before testing begins, there will be a review of all available data to look over your child’s school and developmental histories, view samples of school work and analyze report cards and past test scores. Next, we’ll determine what goals you wish to achieve through the tests. Once testing is complete, we will interpret the results and give you a complete breakdown of the things that might be holding your child back.

What are the Different Tests Involved in an Academic Performance Evaluation?

Brief Reading Assessment
This particular test is meant to discover where your child’s strengths and weaknesses lie with regards to reading. Many children struggle in this subject for a variety of reasons. Some have difficulty making certain sounds while it takes other children so long to read that they are too worn out to do it for extended periods. Some children may even mix up letters, confuse words in sentences and skip over entire lines of text.

Brief Math Assessment
Math is among the most difficult school subjects for many students. It requires accuracy, attention to detail, instant recall of procedures and facts, the ability to follow steps and processes; an understanding of symbols, abstract concepts, and numbers; recognition of patterns, and the ability to process language well.

Discovering why a student struggles with math becomes easier when you understand precisely what skills he or she grasps. Assessing the skills your child needs to excel in mathematics provides us with a clear picture of how we can solve the issue.

Brief Writing Assessment
Another challenging skill for many children is writing. During this activity, children must be aware of correct spelling, capitalization, grammar, and punctuation. They must also keep ideas flowing naturally and coherently. Many children come up with incredible ideas but are unable to transcribe them into written word. An evaluation of your child’s writing skills will tell us why he or she is struggling, and can also help determine how writing can be made less frustrating and stressful.

As with full psychological evaluations, you will be given a report that gives specific details on which skills and abilities your child possesses. This will help you identify which issues are causing your son or daughter to struggle in any of the three major academic subjects.

What are the Signs of a Reading Problem?

Some of the common signs of reading problems include:

  • Reading at an abnormally slow pace
  • Mixing up words, numbers or letters
  • Glancing at the first few letter of words and guessing at them
  • Attempting to sound out each letter individually instead of viewing them as a whole word
  • Difficulty recognizing even familiar words
  • Struggling to recall the sounds of letters
  • Skipping over lines or words
  • A dislike of reading
  • Comprehension of written material
  • Acting out behaviors when expected to read

Why is my Child Struggling with Math?

Math can be an extremely tedious subject. Students must rely on a variety of different cognitive functions, as well as the ability to multi-task. They must automatically and immediately remember mathematical procedures and facts, use the appropriate formula to solve a problem, recall the proper order of calculations, keep track of the next steps, try another approach when the current one fails and check their work for errors. In light of this, it is little wonder that so many children are intimidated by math.

Most times, math is not taught within context, which prevents many students from truly understanding it. The goal of our math specialists is to frame math in a more practical and understandable way by utilizing creative and interactive teaching methods. Children become more interested in learning math if they can see how it relates to their everyday lives.

Our math specialists will differentiate instructions to capitalize on your child’s personal strengths, weaknesses, and learning profiles. They are adept at using visual aids, tangibles, and other manipulatives to assist students to grasp fundamental math concepts while making math more enjoyable and building your child’s confidence.

The math tutoring we provide extends well beyond homework to help them better understand how math works, build the skills needed to succeed in it, and help them become more confident when working on problems.

A custom academic performance evaluation could be just what your child needs to get back on track again. Here at Psycho-Educational Associates, we have experienced, caring professionals standing by ready to provide with academic performance evaluations and a variety of other services. Contact us today to schedule your appointment!