Julia is a 16-year-old eleventh-grade student in the Half Hollow Hills High School West. She is educated in general education classes with daily Resource Room support. Her current classification is Learning Disabled. Julia has received special education services since the 2nd grade and was classified in elementary school. Her current test accommodations include extended time (1.5), a flexible small group with limited distractions for the state test, and to start testing in class and finish in the testing room. As per IEP, Program Modification includes special seating arrangements.
Previous reports indicate that Julia met all developmental milestones with normal age expectations. She lives at home with her parents and two older siblings.…show more content… She displayed appropriate verbal skills for her age and expressed herself when asked questions. Julia 's motivation was high on most tasks administered. In addition, on difficult items, Julia often self-corrected her answers on some of the tasks. She maintained attention throughout the testing session. She often took an appropriate amount of time to respond to a few tasks. Throughout the testing, Julia demonstrated good verbal strategies as she often repeated the question to herself before answering. She did not request any breaks between tasks. She was observed as anxious (e.g. frequent adjusting in the chair) on harder items and her test anxiety seems to have compromised her overall IQ performance. However overall, given the good testing conditions and Julia’s effort, the current results appear to be an accurate estimate of her cognitive ability.
Julia’s cognitive abilities were assessed through the use of Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scales, 4th Edition (WAIS-IV). The areas of cognitive processing ability measured include crystallized intelligence, short-term memory, visual-spatial processing, reasoning ability, and processing speed. The subtests measure different cognitive processing abilities and when combined together they form four index scores: Verbal Comprehension, Perceptual Reasoning, Working Memory and Processing Speed which all together make up the Full-Scale IQ score. Julia obtained a Standard Score of 82 (12th