Meeting Deadlines: Steps for Completing Eligibility Determinations Using Social Distancing

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 1,10
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Session 6: Recent Developments in Assessment and Research

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. apply APA teleassessment principle: Do the best you can with what [test-data option] is available to you.
  2. apply APA teleassessment principle: Be rigorously mindful of data quality.
  3. apply APA teleassessment principle: Think critically about test and subtest substitutions.
  4. apply APA teleassessment principle: Maintain the same ethical standards of care as in traditional psychological assessment services.


School psychologists were faced with the challenge of completing psychoeducational assessments for IDEA eligibility at a time when face-to-face testing became impossible due to school closures. This paper represents a compilation of professional recommendations and includes a framework for decision-making for completing high-stakes testing. The particular focus is on choosing nontraditional methods, including virtual and teleassessment options of which practitioners may not have been aware. The presented framework will assist practitioners in meeting recommended guidelines.



Tracy L. Paskiewicz, University of Massachusetts Boston
S. Kathleen Krach, Florida State University
Suzanne Botana, Yarmouth School Department
Staci Ballard, University of Massachusetts Boston


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