Sound the Alarm: Cognitive Assessment Errors in Practice

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 1,10
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Session 9: Issues in School Psychology, Education, and Supervision

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. describe a set of recommendations that school psychologists and districts could implement to reduce cognitive assessment errors in accordance with the NASP Practice Model.
  2. explore the results of a national study on examiner errors made by practitioners while administering cognitive assessments.
  3. learn what practitioners report doing to personally reduce examiner error and how to apply empirically established strategies and best practices to reduce errors.
  4. discuss the legal implications for scoring errors on cognitive measures.


Disturbingly, experienced school psychologists routinely commit administration and scoring errors. These errors can have detrimental and long-lasting implications on students and possible legal ramifications for school psychologists in practice. Practitioners will learn the most common cognitive assessment errors made in the field, as well as a set of strategies to implement for reducing scoring errors.



Faith D. Dearman, Wake County Public Schools
James R. Deni, Appalachian State University
Stephanie L. Corcoran, University of Alabama at Birmingham


Kerrin Harvan, Allison D. Sams

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