Questioning test results before additional testing

Posted by: commanderclif

Questioning test results before additional testing - 03/30/20 09:33 AM

I thought I would seek out some opinions from the community after my daughter's gifted testing results came in a few weeks ago. She is 6 and in First Grade.

In the early Fall of 2019 she took a NNAT 3 screener to start the gifted evaluation at our school and got a 144 on that test.

Last month she was given a RIAS-2 na her Standard Scores column listed 104, 107, 106 and all classified as Average. Now originally the school said we'd get a heads up on what day she'd be administered the RIAS (but we weren't) and after the fact when our daughter told us a bit about what happened, the events seemed a bit odd so wife and I weren't 100% convinced that the RIAS test came back as an accurate assessment.

Now we scheduling to have her tested independently outside the school and the tester is recommending she take WISC-5 so we don't have to do a waiting period between tests. Her recommendation was to spend some time with the QBITZ game ahead of her testing.

If anyone has any additional suggestions on making sure

Since it took 6 months to get to the point of hitting a wall at the school, figuring at this point it's just about next year. From what I've read so far online, there does seem to be a discrepancy between the results of the NNAT and RIAS but looking to get the community's thoughts on that as well.

THANKS!
Posted by: aeh

Re: Questioning test results before additional testing - 03/31/20 01:05 PM

Welcome!

There are many factors that can affect testing results in a small child, beyond their actual cognitive ability, including fatigue, inattention, confusion about directions, anxiety, reluctance to guess, inexperience with timed tasks, relative personal weaknesses in fine motor dexterity, to name only a few. It is also not unheard of for the results of either the NNAT or the RIAS to be a bit different from those of other instruments, but this does seem to be on the higher end of the range for discrepancies between valid administrations.

For any re-test under your circumstances, the WISC-V would typically have been the recommendation (even if you believe the RIAS-2 was not a valid administration, and even without the test/re-test time), as, although the RIAS-2 has a bit more to it than the NNAT3, they are both brief/screening instruments, recommended as either part of multi-stage assessment, or for reevaluations, when a comprehensive evaluation has been completed previously. The WISC-V, on the other hand, is on the short-list of gold standard cognitive assessments for school-age children.

In any event, I typically do not recommend that a child--even a young child--who has already completed two standardized assessments engage in any kind of test prep. Sometimes this amplifies any anxiety they may have regarding the testing process, which can further depress performance. Although Qbitz can be fun for many children, so by all means play, if she enjoys it!