Survey of Assessment Practices & Testing Instruments Used with Students Diagnosed with ID

The Summit Centre for Education, Research, and Training (SCERT) is a research facility located at Summit School that is affiliated with McGill University's Department of Education and Counselling Psychology. Since 2016, SCERT's mission has been to improve the educational services for students with neurodevelopmental conditions (NDCs) aged 5-21 and to conduct and support research that informs best practices for teachers and professional support staff working with youth diagnosed with an NDC.


As part of this mission, SCERT has created a survey aimed at better understanding the current assessment practices, testing instruments, and curriculum-based measures used for assessing literacy and numeracy in students diagnosed with an intellectual disability (ID). We are also interested in respondents' perceptions of the effectiveness of their current assessment practices.


All English school boards across Quebec agreed to participate in SCERT's survey:

  • Eastern Townships School Board (ETSB),

  • English Montreal School Board (EMSB),

  • Central Quebec School Board (CQSB),

  • Lester B. Pearson School Board (LBPSB),

  • New Frontiers School Board (NFSB),

  • Riverside School Board (RSB),

  • Sir Wilfred Laurier School Board (SWLSB),

  • Western Quebec School Boars (WQSB)

Directors of complementary services for each school board were asked to disseminate SCERT's survey to teachers and staff who conduct literacy and numeracy assessments for students diagnosed with mild intellectual disability, moderate to severe intellectual disability, and/or profound intellectual disability.


The responses to this survey will be summarized in the form of a report that will characterize the current assessment practices, testing instruments, and curriculum-based measures used across the network of English School Boards in Quebec. Findings in this report can be used to inform and provide future directions in the assessment of literacy and numeracy for students with an ID. This report will be returned to your School Board.

 

Our report is expected to be shared with each participating school board, and will available on the SCERT website in the fall of 2022.