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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.
The DISD Assessment team consists of Educational Diagnosticians, Licensed Specialists in School Psychology, and a Licensed Professional Counselor.  The team coordinates all evaluations for students suspected of having a disability or in need of a reevaluation for special education services, other than students who are only suspected of having a speech impairment.

Assessment Staff Members: 

 

Mary Gonzales 281-229-6923

Christine Ledwell 281-229-6036

Crystal Speer 281-229-7571

Amber Wallace 281-229-6097  

Kelly Schultz 281-229-6090

Bianca Watkins, Ph.D 281-229-7921
Madalyn Meier 281-229-7920
  
Licensed Professional Counselor

Omar Cobo 281-229-6098

Bilingual Assessment Staff Support Clerk:

Esther Smith 281-229-6092


Process:   All initial referrals to the assessment team are via the campus referral team. Students participate in the Student Intervention Team and, when appropriate, a multi-tiered system of supports (MTSS) or response to intervention (RTI) 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 a Full Individual Evaluation 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:
  • Paula Roalson (topic: Legal update)
  • 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)
  • Dr. Gail Cheramie, Director of the School Psychology Program (retired), 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)
  • David Hodgins (topic: Legal update)
  • 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)

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