California Association of School Psychologists


A MODEL Approach to Conducting Assessment of Bilingual (English & Spanish) Students: A Psychoeducational Assessment Approach Grounded in CHC Theory

The Individual with Disabilities Education Act mandates (IDEA) nondiscriminatory assessment for children that are culturally and linguistically diverse. The focus of this workshop will be the psychoeducational assessment of Spanish and English speaking children that are classified as ELL. This workshop will present a psychoeducational bilingual assessment MODEL (Multiple sources of information, observations, Data driven hypotheses, English proficiency, Language of assessment) that incorporates a Cattell-Horn Caroll (CHC) based approach. The premise of this model is that a learning disability is manifested in L1 (primary language) and L2 (secondary language). The presenters will present cognitive assessments that are available in English, Spanish, and Nonverbal modalities that utilize CHC as the underlying theory. By incorporating these assessments into the MODEL, the examiner is in a better position to analyze L1 and L2 assessment data and gain a clearer understanding of strengths and weaknesses and provide linguistically appropriate interventions. The presenters will demonstrate the application of the model through case study presentation and discussion.

Pedro Olvera, Psy.D.,L.E.P., is the director of the School Psychology Program at Azusa Pacific University (APU). He teaches coursework in the area of bilingual assessment. Before joining APU, he was a bilingual school psychologist for the Santa Ana Unified School District where he conducted bilingual assessments.

Lino Gomez-Cerrillo, M.A., is a bilingual school psychologist for the Chaffey Joint Union High School District. He has developed a district assessment model for English learners. He consults with district administrators and school psychologists for assessing students that are culturally and linguistically diverse. He is pursuing his PsyD at Alliant International University.
LMFTs/LCSWs/LPCCs/LEPs: This course meets the qualifications for 3 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs/LCSWs/LPCCs/LEPs licensed by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. NCSPs: The course meets the qualifications for 3 hours of Continuing Professional Development for Nationally Certified School Psychologists, under Provider Number 1025, licensed by the National Association of School Psychologists. CASP is responsible for the content of this workshop.

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