Special Education Assessment Services
Philosophy:   In accordance with federal and state guidelines, DISD provides a full range of academic, behavioral, emotional and related evaluation services. Evaluations are conducted by qualified staff using the most current, appropriate norm and criterion referenced assessment instruments.  DISD assessment staff assist campus with referrals. DISD assessment staff can evaluate for dyslexia, 504 evaluations, and conduct full individual evaluations (FIE) for special education eligibility determination.  

Goals:   To provide a comprehensive, timely, and relevant written report of an evaluation that addresses the referral question as well as subsequent evaluation issue discovered during the evaluation and that will assist the parents and instructional team in planning for the student’s educational needs. To maintain a high level of professional development in all required continuing education categories.

Process:   All initial referrals to the assessment team are via the campus referral team. Students participate in the Student Intervention Team and Response to Intervention process prior to a referral. The referral team determines the referral question (and thus, the nature of the evaluation, e.g. whether it is a dyslexia evaluation or and FIE for special education) and forwards it to the assessment department.  An assessment team leader (ATL) is assigned – this can be either an LSSP, SLP or diagnostician.  While dyslexia and 504 evaluations are conducted primarily by a sole evaluator with input from teachers, all FIEs are conducted by a multi-disciplinary team (to include general and special education teachers and other relevant related service providers, such as an OT, or nurse).

DISD assessment staff maintain the highest standards in ongoing professional development requirements.  Staff regularly attend professional development focused on evaluation techniques, interpretation methodology, report writing and implementation strategy. During the past few years, DISD has collaborated with Santa Fe ISD, Friendswood ISD, and Alvin ISD to bring in the following state and national experts:

  • Dr. Gail Cheramie, Director of the School Psychology Program, UHCL (topics:  LD,  ID, Cross Battery 3, Autism Evaluations)
  • Dr. Donna Smith (topics: Written Language, Math, and Reading Assessment)
  • Dr. Criselda Alvarado (topics: ELL language acquisition and bilingual dyslexia evaluation  )
  • Dr. Tom Kubizyn (topic:  psychopharmacological medications and instructional implications)
  • Dr. Penny Koepsel (topics: Conners’ 3, Comprehensive Behavioral Evaluation Scale, and ARES)
  • Dr. Dan Miller (topic: NEPSY 2)
  • Donna Black (topics: Ethics and Cultural Diversity)
  • Dr. Carol Booth (topics: Trauma, Behavior Evaluations for Young Students)
  • Brenda Taylor (topics: Dyslexia and Dysgraphia)
  • Wendy Clark (topics: Dyslexia and Dysgraphia)
  • David Hodgins (topic: Legal update)
  • Paula Roalson (topic: Legal update)
  • Dr. Hope Caperton- Brown (topic: PASS)
  • Dr. Anise Flowers (topic: Assessment Instruments)
  • Nancy King (topics: Autism, CHAMPS, and Reading Instruction)
  • Dr. Marilyn Montiero (topic: Autism Evaluation)
  • Brian Mendler (topic: Behavior Intervention)

Assessment Staff regularly attend training at RIV, including legal updates, Cross Battery 3, Dyslexia, Autism, Cognitive Assessment, and various behavior topics.


The mission of the Dickinson Independent School District is to ensure that all students have safe and successful learning opportunities that help them reach their full potential and add quality throughout their lives. 

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