Educational Diagnostic Services
Who are Educational Diagnosticians?
Educational diagnosticians are specialists who are knowledgeable about academic assessment and prescriptive teaching approaches. They collaborate with teachers, parents, and other professionals to help diagnose student learning problems, identify their educational needs, and develop instructional interventions to remediate skill weaknesses and evaluate student progress.
Responsibilities and Services
Educational Evaluations: Administers educational diagnostic evaluations to comprehensively assess the academic functioning and educational needs of students suspected of having educational disabilities, writes comprehensive educational reports, and holds parent conferences to provide interpretation of educational assessment findings.
Eligibility Team: Presents educational evaluation findings and assists the eligibility team in determining whether a child qualifies for special education or Section 504 services.
Child Study Team: Serves as a member of the Child Study Team to review records and other performance evidence in order to make recommendations to meet the educational and behavioral needs of general education students. This includes helping the school-based team identify and analyze problems, develop targeted interventions, and evaluate the effectiveness of instruction and student progress.
Consultation: Consults and collaborates with school administration, instructional staff, and parents regarding the individual academic needs of students utilizing curriculum-based measurement and instructional consultation approaches.
Screening and Progress Monitoring: Screens and monitors the progress of students receiving academic interventions through a response to intervention (RtI) model and train school staff on how to conduct curriculum-based measurement.
Coaching: Serves as coaches for the implementation of the Response to Intervention (RtI) and Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) frameworks.
Facts about LCPS Educational Diagnosticians
- Educational diagnosticians are available in every school in the county with each diagnostician serving three to five schools as part of their assignment.
- Educational diagnosticians are experienced teachers with master's degree in special education or a related field emphasizing instruction, assessment, and learning theory.
- Educational diagnosticians are licensed by the Virginia Department of Education. Some educational diagnosticians, in addition, are Nationally Certified Educational Diagnosticians (NCED).
for a directory of LCPS educational diagnosticians.