Assessment for Learning
Assessment for Learning — Cause and Effect
An “Assessment for Learning” is the beginning of understanding! When it comes to your child’s learning difficulties, a proper learning assessment is the crucial first step. Any such assessment must start with the awareness that learning struggles manifest themselves in many ways. For instance, some children have trouble reading or sounding out words. Others can’t pay attention in class or follow basic instructions. Some children make continual spelling errors when writing, while others struggle to comprehend what they’ve read.
Simply, an “Assessment for Learning” should identify your child’s specific learning difficulties and then seek the specific causes of those learning struggles.
Assessment for Learning — A Look at Potential Causes for Learning Struggles
When embarking on a learning assessment for your child, you should be aware of some common misconceptions surrounding the root causes of learning difficulties:
- Genetics — Students are limited by their genetics.
Actually, very few people function near their genetic learning capacity. Almost anyone can improve in any area with the right training, drills, and practice. Almost anyone can learn better and faster within his or her “genetic limits.”
- Inadequate Instruction — Students are held back by poor or too little instruction.
Actually, many children with learning struggles have tried everything from traditional tutoring to after-school programs, online lessons to extra homework. However, when learning struggles persist, poor or inadequate instruction is seldom (less than 7%) the root cause of the learning problem.
- Lack of Motivation — Students struggle because they aren’t motivated to learn.
Actually, most children enjoy the challenge of learning until they are frustrated by repeated failures. Thus, lack of motivation is most often the result of a learning struggle, not the root cause.
Assessment for Learning — Discovering the Root Causes
So, what should a proper “Assessment for Learning” focus on? What are the root causes of most learning struggles that can be identified and treated?
To get to the root cause of a learning difficulty, the key is to assess a student’s underlying cognitive skills. For instance, if a child has poor concentration and attention skills, he or she can be easily distracted and miss instructions. If a child can’t segment or blend sounds, listening, reading, and spelling will be a constant challenge. If a student struggles with visual imaging, he or she will struggle with reading comprehension and math word problems.
At LearningRx, we understand what’s at the root of learning difficulties. That’s why we always start with a proper learning assessment that targets and identifies weak cognitive skills. Then we train your student using specific strategies designed to build and strengthen those necessary skills. When you and your student are ready to trade constant struggle for lasting success, please contact a LearningRx Center near you. We’re ready to help!