Blind / Visually Impaired Special Education

Assessments

Technology Forms/Checklists - these forms cannot function as stand alone assessments because IDEA specifies a narrative evaluation report. Think of these as a scope and sequence or progress monitoring aid for devices

Braille Reading Readiness Grid

List of some Available Assessments - ASSESSMENT AND INSTRUCTIONAL RESOURCES - Locating appropriate tools to help develop appropriate IEP goals in the wide range of areas impacted by a visual impairment is a formidable task. Texas School for the Blind has so far compiled the following listing of assessment tools used and recommended by teachers of the visually impaired to evaluate their students' skills. They have put this together over a couple of years, and welcome your comments, additions, or deletions. It is organized by content and then in alphabetical order with ordering information.

Region 4 Educational Services (Texas) - This site sells the Assessment of Braille Literacy Skills, Braille Requisite Skills Inventory: Assessment and Planning Tool, as well as other materials specific to the blind and low vision population.

Kit of informal assessment tools to be used by the TVI

Functional Vision Assessment for Students With Cortical Visual Impairment - There are three active CVI Mentors in WV at this time.  We also have some CVI Partners who can assist with intervention ideas.  If you would like an assessment done on a student who has a diagnosis of CVI, then contact Ruth Ann King at raking@access.k12.wv.us or call at 304-558-2696 to have that scheduled.  If you are a TVI and feel that you can do the assessment yourself, that is fine, or you can co-assess with a CVI Mentor to ensure you have a reliable score.  As Dr. Christine Roman points out, a minimum range of Phase III should be the expected outcome for every child with CVI.  The critical piece is accurate assessment and the resulting targeted intervention should be abased n that assessment.  In West Virginia we are fortunate to have the expertise and resources available.