The following is a list of common mistakes that evaluators make.
It is not in anyway exhaustive and is in no particular order.
1. Looking at a child's performance in isolation, without
looking at performance in relationship to schools.
2. Obtaining test scores very different from those of other
evaluators and not noting the differences or hypothesizing about
the reasons why.
3. Using outdated instruments or norms, without noting this and
4. Using the wrong level instrument, or a test designed for a
child of a different age or grade, without noting this and
5. Failing to compare achievement test results with
expectations based on IQ.
6. Failing to acknowledge that isolated high scores may be
7. Re-administering tests too frequently, without acknowledging
or explaining practice effect.
8. Blindly accepting testing as valid when in fact it may be
9. Being unwilling to share your protocols or other test data
with competent professionals.
10. Destroying records and protocols.
11. Using experimental tests without noting this.
12. For a child who is unusually old or young compared to
his/her classmates, not indicating whether the reported test
scores are based on age or grade and why.
13. Trying to compress too much testing into a single
14. Not writing the test date on the protocol.
15. Not completing the protocol. (Filling in only the score but
not the response for example.)
16. Mis-scoring the test.
17. Relying solely on a computerized interpretation of a
18. Recommending services for non educational reasons.
19. Identifying only weaknesses, while ignoring strengths.