Wechsler Individual Achievement Test, Third Edition

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Sponsored by the Association of Specialists in the Assessment of Intellectual Functioning (ASAIF)


WIAT-III: The Good, the Bad, and the Aesthetically Challenged

Wechsler Individual Achievement Test, Third Edition

(copyright & trademarks, PsychCorp/Pearson Assessment)
Presenter: John O. Willis, Ed.D., SAIF

Senior Lecturer in Assessment, Rivier College; Assessment Specialist, Regional Services and Education Center

Date: Friday 26 March 2010 Location: Red Blazer Restaurant

Time: 8:30 – 3:30 p.m. 72 Manchester St., Concord NH

(603) 224-4101

Cost: $125 for ASAIF members http://www.theredblazer.com/

$150 for non-members

(includes lunch & all-day coffee)

Certificates will be given for 6 clock hours or 6 NASP-approved CPD credits.

John Willis began his career in special education as a volunteer at schools in Exeter, NH, and Ithaca, NY. He is Senior Lecturer in Assessment at Rivier College, where he has taught part-time since 1981. Since 1974, he has been Assessment Specialist at the Regional Services and Education Center, Amherst, NH, where he was also Director of Psychoeducational Services for ten years and Acting Executive Director for one. He was a teacher, administrator, and evaluator at the Crotched Mountain School, Greenfield, NH, from 1969 to 1974. Dr. Willis is co-author, with Dr. Ron Dumont, of the Guide to Identification of Leaning Disabilities (3rd ed.) (Peterborough, NH: authors, 2002), author of "Diagnosis: Developing informed reading assessments and interpretations" in S. Brody (Ed.), Teaching Reading: Language, Letters, and Thought (2nd ed.). (Milford, NH: LARC Publishing, 2001), co-author of R. Dumont, J. O. Willis, & C. D. Elliott's Essentials of DAS-II Assessment (New York: Wiley, 2008), and author or co-author of several articles and several chapters in Jerome Sattler’s 4th and 5th editions of Assessment of Children. Dumont and Willis wrote the Strengths and Weaknesses chapter in E. O. Lichtenberger & K. C. Breaux's Essentials of WIAT-III and KTEA-II assessment (Hoboken, NJ: Wiley, in press).

The Wechsler Individual Achievement Test – III is owned and copyrighted by PsychCorp/Pearson Assessment, and Wechsler Individual Achievement Test and WIAT are trademarks of PsychCorp/Pearson Assessment. This is not a Pearson workshop, and includes only the personal opinions of the presenter, who is neither affiliated with nor sponsored by Pearson Assessment. Official information is available at http://www.pearsonassessments.com/HAIWEB/Cultures/en-us/Productdetail.htm?Pid=015-8984-609

Use of the WIAT-III can help

Identify the academic strengths and weaknesses of a student

Inform decisions regarding eligibility for educational services, educational placement, or diagnosis of a specific learning disability

Design instructional objectives and plan interventions

Features & Benefits: With a total of 16 subtests, WIAT-III offers:

  1. Three new subtests: Oral Reading Fluency, Math Fluency and Early Reading Skills

  2. Enriched Listening Comprehension, Oral Expression, and Written Expression subtests

  3. Enhanced Reading Comprehension subtest

  4. Improved scoring rules that are featured in response to scoring studies, theoretical reviews by expert researchers, and usability reviews by teachers and clinicians

  5. Enhanced scoring software and interactive scoring guide in every kit

Updated norms for PreK through grade 12, and for ages 4:0–19:11

Adult norms for adults ages 20–50 years old will be available mid-2010

Possible Concerns:

Oral language subtests No measures of phonology or rapid naming

Scoring of Written Expression Reading Comprehension scores for very weak readers

This full-day workshop will provide the participants with a complete overview of the newest edition of the Wechsler Individual Achievement Test – the WIAT-III. The workshop will address administration, scoring, and interpretation from the viewpoint and experience of the presenter only. It is not an official Pearson training workshop. Changes made to the test will be outlined, along with administration and scoring nuances and guidelines to aid in interpretive hypotheses. Suggestions about how to supplement the test with other instruments will be provided.

Participants will, of course, still need to study the test Manual and practice administration and scoring with volunteer examinees before being ready to use the WIAT-III with referred students.

Workshop outline:

  • Structure of the WIAT-III

  • Changes from the WIAT-II

  • Administration

  • Scoring

  • Statistical properties

  • Interpretation

  • Any remaining strengths and weaknesses

  • Supplementing the WIAT-III

Learning objectives:

Following the workshop, participants will be able to

  • determine when the WIAT-III is appropriate for a referred student

  • interpret the WIAT-III in the context of its measurement strengths and weaknesses

  • supplement the WIAT-III with other measures as needed

  • after additional study and practice, administer and score the WIAT-III with knowledge of quirks and potential problems

  • assist colleagues with the use of the WIAT-III

Opportunities for questions, comments, and dissent can be anticipated.

Registrations will be accepted until March 25 if we get sufficient enrolment by February 19 in order to hold this workshop, so please let us know by February 19, if possible! We are unable to provide refunds for cancellations after March 25 unless the event is cancelled by ASAIF.

There will be no confirmation letter. Only those who cannot be accommodated will be contacted.

For further information, dietary needs, and accommodations for participants with disabilities, please email sumorbey@yahoo.com

Please return this form with payment to: Lisa Zack-Swasey

(We cannot accept credit cards.) 42 Ole Gordon Road 

or Brentwood, NH 03833 

Register on-line with PayPal at http://www.asaif.net
Name: __________________________________________ School/Affiliation_____________________

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WIAT-III March 26, 2010

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